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Presence, or persons as relations

Arnar Árnason reflects on what it can mean – and why it can matter – to be present at funerals

One of the many highlights of the DDD15 conference, the one that has left me thinking the most, was a panel on ‘Grievability and bare life’ that took place on…

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Team Reflections from DDD15

Some highlights from team members attending the DDD15 conference 

The 15th international conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal (DDD15) was held online from 1st – 4th September 2021, hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University for the Association for the Study of Death and Society. This year’s theme…

Published by Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

Presenting our work in progress at DDD15

Five members of our team attended the 15th international conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal (DDD15), which was held online from 1st – 4th September 2021. In this blog, we share the updates on work in progress that we presented at the conference.

We presented together…

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Now showing: funerals

Jennie Riley explores a range of experiences of – and opinions towards – funeral livestreaming, and considers some of the questions this burgeoning phenomenon might require us to ask.

At the start of June 2021, it was my pleasure to attend my good friend Katharine’s wedding to husband Sam…

Published by Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

Honouring funeral wishes in times of disruption

Abi Pattenden reflects on the advantages of discussing funeral plans with loved ones in advance – and suggests all is not lost even when they cannot be fulfilled to the letter.

The extent to which people plan their own funeral in advance varies widely. Some people leave very detailed…

Published by Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

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