funeral rites


Summary: Those customs and ceremonies pertaining to the dead.

Top Publications

  1. Gatrad R, Sheikh A. Palliative care for Muslims and issues after death. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2002;8:594-7 pubmed
    ..In addition to sharing information on practices common among Muslim communities, we also provide practical advice on the day-to-day issues that may arise when caring for a 'recently deceased' Muslim patient and his or her relatives. ..
  2. Park J, Jang Y, Park M, Pae C, Park J, Hu K, et al. The trend of body donation for education based on Korean social and religious culture. Anat Sci Educ. 2011;4:33-8 pubmed publisher
    ..Overall, the transition of religions and social ethics in Korea has greatly facilitated body bequeathal programs, benefiting both medical education and the Korean public health administration. ..
  3. Walker A. Building bridges in American Indian bereavement research. Omega (Westport). 2009;59:351-67 pubmed
    ..The article provides ethical reflection and recommendations for designing death and bereavement research as an outsider to the culture, as well as for building trust with participants in American Indian populations. ..
  4. Silva A, Ferreira M. C2-C3 block vertebrae in a late Neolithic/Chalcolithic child exhumed from a Portuguese collective grave. Homo. 2008;59:41-6 pubmed publisher
    ..A possible case of dens axis hypoplasia was also suggested. Besides the description of the case, potential pathological implications and differential diagnosis were investigated. ..
  5. Gold K, Dalton V, Schwenk T. Hospital care for parents after perinatal death. Obstet Gynecol. 2007;109:1156-66 pubmed
    ..Hospitals, nurses, and doctors should increase parental choice about timing and location of delivery and postpartum care, encourage parental contact with the deceased infant, and facilitate provision of photos and memorabilia. ..
  6. O ROURKE T, Spitzberg B, Hannawa A. The good funeral: toward an understanding of funeral participation and satisfaction. Death Stud. 2011;35:729-50 pubmed
    ..Evaluations of the funeral, in turn, independently influence a person's general attitudes about funerals. Theoretical and practical implications for understanding funerals and bereavement are explored. ..
  7. Guiamet P, Crespo M, Lavin P, Ponce B, Gaylarde C, de Saravia S. Biodeterioration of funeral sculptures in La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina: pre- and post-intervention studies. Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces. 2013;101:337-42 pubmed publisher
    ..These studies are a valuable contribution to determine restoration criteria against biofilm formation, to characterize chromatic variations of biological origin on the stone and to formulate conservation and restoration policies. ..
  8. Harrington C, Sprowl B. Family members' experiences with viewing in the wake of sudden death. Omega (Westport). 2011;64:65-82 pubmed
    ..Results of this study are clustered and presented under three core themes: viewing specifics; intrapersonal responses; and professional interactions. ..
  9. Bordere T. "To look at death another way": Black teenage males' perspectives on second-lines and regular funerals in New Orleans. Omega (Westport). 2008;58:213-32 pubmed
    ..Related to their second-line experience, the teens reflect on ways in which they wish to have their deaths ritualized. ..

More Information


  1. Hunt K, France E, Ziebland S, Field K, Wyke S. 'My brain couldn't move from planning a birth to planning a funeral': a qualitative study of parents' experiences of decisions after ending a pregnancy for fetal abnormality. Int J Nurs Stud. 2009;46:1111-21 pubmed publisher
    ..More research is needed on whether these decisions subsequent to a termination for fetal abnormality have long term implications for people's mental health and their ability to come to terms with their loss. ..
  2. Birmpilis A. Why don't the doctors attend the funerals of their patients who die?. MedGenMed. 2007;9:49 pubmed
  3. Richardson G. Why don't the doctors attend the funerals of their patients who die?. MedGenMed. 2007;9:49 pubmed
  4. Cuong N. Unique burial practice by ancient cavemen of the Hoa Binh civilization in Vietnam. Anthropol Anz. 2007;65:129-35 pubmed
    ..The most remarkable fact concerning this finding is the existence of seashells (Cyprea arabica), which were found in the eye sockets. The reasons for this in Southeast Asia so far unique burial practice are discussed. ..
  5. Rosenblatt P, Nkosi B. South African Zulu widows in a time of poverty and social change. Death Stud. 2007;31:67-85 pubmed
    ..Widowhood was in some cases a struggle with witchcraft--as cause of the death or as an accusation directed at the widow. ..
  6. Halpern L. Tahara. Am J Nurs. 2006;106:39 pubmed
  7. Kent H, McDowell J. Sudden bereavement in acute care settings. Nurs Stand. 2004;19:38-42 pubmed
    ..Those who are unexpectedly and suddenly bereaved should receive practical and considerate evidence-based care. ..
  8. Cromwell D. Youngest pallbearer. Nursing. 2003;33:8 pubmed
  9. Lenehan G. Where the soldier was. J Emerg Nurs. 2003;29:505-6 pubmed
  10. Grosskopf B, Gramsch A. [Cremation--biological source for gender research]. Anthropol Anz. 2004;62:281-9 pubmed
    ..Cremated bones, a primarily biological source, are also a substantial resource for cultural historical research, e.g., on funeral practices as well as social structures. ..
  11. Mariani Costantini R, Ottini L, Caramiello S, Palmirotta R, Mallegni F, Rossi A, et al. Taphonomy of the fossil hominid bones from the Acheulean site of Castel di Guido near Rome, Italy. J Hum Evol. 2001;41:211-25 pubmed
  12. Orchard H, Clark D. Tending the soul as well as the body: spiritual care in nursing and residential homes. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2001;7:541-6 pubmed
    ..There was a perception of a heightened level of spiritual need for dying residents, although it is suggested that physical pain continues to dominate the focus of care at this stage. ..
  13. Kozai T. [Rituals for the dissected in pre-modern Japan]. Nihon Ishigaku Zasshi. 2007;53:531-44 pubmed
    ..Strictly speaking, the rituals for the dissected in the Edo period were not identical with those of today. ..
  14. Harris D. Why don't the doctors attend the funerals of their patients who die?. MedGenMed. 2007;9:49 pubmed
  15. Dykstra A. Should incentives be used to increase organ donation?. Plast Surg Nurs. 2004;24:70-4 pubmed
  16. Marom A, McCullagh J, Higham T, Sinitsyn A, Hedges R. Single amino acid radiocarbon dating of Upper Paleolithic modern humans. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012;109:6878-81 pubmed publisher
    ..These dates contribute considerably to our understanding of the emergence of the Mid-Upper Paleolithic and the complex suite of burial behaviors that begin to appear during this period. ..
  17. Grossman J. Why don't the doctors attend the funerals of their patients who die?. MedGenMed. 2007;9:49 pubmed
  18. Pollack C. Intentions of burial: mourning, politics, and memorials following the massacre at Srebrenica. Death Stud. 2003;27:125-42 pubmed
    ..Both mourning and political functions are elaborated on in the setting of Bosnian culture and society. ..
  19. Hunter J. Bereavement: an incomplete rite of passage. Omega (Westport). 2007;56:153-73 pubmed
  20. Aldenderfer M, Craig N, Speakman R, Popelka Filcoff R. Four-thousand-year-old gold artifacts from the Lake Titicaca basin, southern Peru. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008;105:5002-5 pubmed publisher
  21. Hardy Bougere M. Cultural manifestations of grief and bereavement: a clinical perspective. J Cult Divers. 2008;15:66-9 pubmed
    ..Grief and bereavement are two of many issues existing in the health care delivery system which can result in substandard delivery of care as a result of cultural insensitivity and cultural incompetence. ..
  22. Njue C, Voeten H, Remes P. Disco funerals: a risk situation for HIV infection among youth in Kisumu, Kenya. AIDS. 2009;23:505-9 pubmed publisher
    ..HIV interventions urgently need to include outreach actions to youth who hang out at disco funerals and link up with parents and funeral organizers to reduce risk situations. ..
  23. Walker L. Ebola haemorrhagic fever. Nurs Stand. 2001;15:40-2 pubmed
    ..It defines the disease, symptoms and how it is spread, diagnosed, treated and prevented. Recommendations are made for management of Ebola HF in a hospital setting. ..
  24. Hussein H, Oyebode J. Influences of religion and culture on continuing bonds in a sample of British Muslims of Pakistani origin. Death Stud. 2009;33:890-912 pubmed publisher
    ..The study highlights how understanding different cultural and religious influences may enrich the concept of continuing bonds. ..
  25. Wanden Berghe C, Guardiola Wanden Berghe R, Sanz Valero J. [Population wills about the decisions and cares at the end of life]. Nutr Hosp. 2009;24:732-7 pubmed
    ..The vast majority of the polled people would want to die at home with their partner's cares. Half of the people want to be feed artificially until the end of their days. ..
  26. Whitaker C, Kavanaugh K, Klima C. Perinatal grief in Latino parents. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2010;35:341-5 pubmed publisher
  27. Collins D, Leibbrandt M. The financial impact of HIV/AIDS on poor households in South Africa. AIDS. 2007;21 Suppl 7:S75-81 pubmed
    ..These costs pose so great a threat to households that they dominate household saving and insurance behavior. ..
  28. Focosi D. Incubation period of human prion disease. Lancet. 2006;368:913-4; author reply 914-5 pubmed
  29. Castledine G. Senior nurse who demeaned the spiritual beliefs of patients and staff. Br J Nurs. 2005;14:745 pubmed
  30. Lobar S, Youngblut J, Brooten D. Cross-cultural beliefs, ceremonies, and rituals surrounding death of a loved one. Pediatr Nurs. 2006;32:44-50 pubmed
    ..Participants had difficulty separating the influence of culture and religion on these practices. ..
  31. Hay M. "The last thing that tells our story": the Roodepoort West Cemetery, 1958-2008. J South Afr Stud. 2011;37:297-311 pubmed
    ..By looking at the history of funerals, and the cemetery, new insights and an alternative understanding of what it meant to live in an urban area in Apartheid South Africa can be gained. ..
  32. Yanik M, Vahip I, Kose S. Condolence houses in Sanliurfa: fading away of a tradition and a creative attempt to preserve it. Death Stud. 2005;29:65-74 pubmed
  33. Thompson G, Austin W, Profetto McGrath J. Novice nurses' first death in critical care. Dynamics. 2010;21:26-36 pubmed
    ..These findings are discussed with implications for academic and clinical settings and suggestions for future nursing research. ..
  34. Giordano S. Is the body a republic?. J Med Ethics. 2005;31:470-5 pubmed
    ..It contends that a dead body is not a republic. The state should maximise availability of organs and tissues by inviting or requiring citizens to make an informed and responsible choice on the matter. ..
  35. Kwan C. Families' experiences of the last office of deceased family members in the hospice setting. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2002;8:266-75 pubmed
    ..The most significant part of each individual's experience is the humanistic approach of care throughout the procedure including the attitude of the nurses. ..
  36. Quilichini J, Hivelin M, Benjoar M, Bosc R, Meningaud J, Lantieri L. Restoration of the donor after face graft procurement for allotransplantation: report on the technique and outcomes of seven cases. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012;129:1105-11 pubmed publisher
    ..The production of a full-face resin mask is a reliable and reproducible technique. This procedure restores donor integrity and gives a very satisfactory morphologic and aesthetic outcome. Therapeutic, IV. ..
  37. Robinson J. Information on practical procedures following death. Nurs Stand. 2009;23:43-7 pubmed
    ..This article outlines the procedures following a death and examines funeral arrangements, including the different types of burial and the cremation process. ..
  38. Dennis M, Ridder K, Kunkel A. Grief, glory, and political capital in the Capitol: presidents eulogizing presidents. Death Stud. 2006;30:325-49 pubmed
    ..Finally, the destiny and glory of the eulogized are often noted by eulogists, continuing the legacy that started with the death of George Washington, America' first president (Berens, 1977). ..
  39. Kunkel A, Dennis M. Grief consolation in eulogy rhetoric: an integrative framework. Death Stud. 2003;27:1-38 pubmed
    ..Challenges inherent in the invention and appreciation of eulogy rhetoric are thus illuminated and addressed. ..
  40. McGrath P, Phillips E. Insights on end-of-life ceremonial practices of Australian Aboriginal peoples. Collegian. 2008;15:125-33 pubmed
  41. Banks D. The economics of death? A descriptive study of the impact of funeral and cremation costs on U.S. households. Death Stud. 1998;22:269-85 pubmed
    ..The author concludes that Americans should engage more openly in the discussion of death, increase their rate of prearrangements, and seek alternatives to the traditional funeral. ..
  42. Goopy S. . . . that the social order prevails: death, ritual and the 'Roman' nurse. Nurs Inq. 2006;13:110-7 pubmed
  43. Holloway M. Death the great leveller? Towards a transcultural spirituality of dying and bereavement. J Clin Nurs. 2006;15:833-9 pubmed
    ..This paper opens up a way of connecting with the unique spiritual position of each patient. ..
  44. Wessberg G. America honors its fallen heroes. Hawaii Dent J. 2006;37:8-9 pubmed
  45. Dimond B. Disposal and preparation of the body: different religious practices. Br J Nurs. 2004;13:547-9 pubmed
  46. Unger J. [Burial in the 16th century]. Sb Pr Filos Fak Brnenske Univ Rada Hist. 2002;51:41-8 pubmed
  47. Formicola V, Buzhilova A. Double child burial from Sunghir (Russia): pathology and inferences for upper paleolithic funerary practices. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2004;124:189-98 pubmed
  48. Formicola V, Giannecchini M. Evolutionary trends of stature in upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic Europe. J Hum Evol. 1999;36:319-33 pubmed
  49. Scannell Desch E. Mid-life widows' narratives of support and non-support. J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2005;43:40-7 pubmed
    ..3. Nurses can serve as advocates for widows in using, and teaching others to use, therapeutic communication. 4. Each widow's experience and grieving trajectory is unique. ..
  50. Rutgers L, van der Borg K, de Jong A, Poole I. Radiocarbon dating: Jewish inspiration of Christian catacombs. Nature. 2005;436:339 pubmed
  51. Capitulo K. Evidence for healing interventions with perinatal bereavement. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2005;30:389-96 pubmed
    ..While no intervention can bring back their beloved children, appropriate intervention can promote healing. ..
  52. Sereno P, Garcea E, Jousse H, Stojanowski C, Sali├Ęge J, Maga A, et al. Lakeside cemeteries in the Sahara: 5000 years of holocene population and environmental change. PLoS ONE. 2008;3:e2995 pubmed publisher
    ..We are just beginning to understand the anatomical and cultural diversity that existed within the Sahara during the Holocene. ..
  53. Bohman D, Vasuthevan S, van Wyk N, Ekman S. "We clean our houses, prepare for weddings and go to funerals": daily lives of elderly Africans in Majaneng, South Africa. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2007;22:323-37 pubmed
    ..The study illuminates the varied experiences in daily life, including lack of basic resources, experience of unsafe conditions, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic and its consequences for the elderly as contributors to the extended family. ..