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The Secret Cemetery by Doris Francis

By Doris Francis

Burial websites have lengthy been well-known as home windows onto earlier civilizations, but the meanings of state-of-the-art cemeteries were almost overlooked, even supposing they could display a lot approximately ourselves. throughout the technique of identifying a memorial stone, inscribing it, and tending the grave backyard, viewers model a dynamic own panorama of reminiscence and mourning. The modern cemetery is additionally a spot the place new immigrant groups can make stronger crew obstacles and identify a feeling of fatherland. Exploring the memorial practices of individuals from Greek Orthodox, Muslim, Jewish, Roman Catholic and Anglican faiths, in addition to the "unchurched," this e-book indicates how the cloth artifacts of mourning exhibit sentiments which are shared, understood, and proven by way of contributors of the key cemetery neighborhood.

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We wrote this book to tell both the general public and other researchers about cemeteries, but we hope it will also serve to inform planners, policymakers, managers and others involved in the mortuary trades about cemeteries’ meanings from the perspectives of the bereaved. We emphasize the cemetery as an unexplored, non-clinical setting in which the roles and policies of managers as they negotiate with the needs of mourners can create a memorial landscape where the expression of grief is guided and supported.

In later writings, it was further explained that there were three aspects of the soul. Interestingly, one aspect, the nefesh, remains constantly hovering over the place where the body is buried. 68 In traditional Jewish communities, a deceased human being is compared with an impaired Torah scroll, which is religiously disqualified but still revered for the exalted function it once served. 69 A human being is believed to be created in the divine image; the corpse retains its holiness and must be treated with respect for the character and personality it housed.

We then identified the owners of the unvisited graves through the cemetery office, which approached them by post with a brief questionnaire on general cemetery issues. The response rate was low, but it appeared that many of these owners were elderly, lived away from the area, or both. Such data suggest that age, health and absence of living relatives are probable factors in non-visiting. 49 For some, there was a family culture of nonvisiting; in other instances, remembrance rituals were carried out at home, often by placing fresh flowers or candles by the deceased’s photograph.

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