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Space and loss: spirituality and symbolic connectedness in contemporary culture

Ritchie, David 2007, Space and loss: spirituality and symbolic connectedness in contemporary culture, Double dialogues, vol. 7, Winter, pp. 1-9.

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Title Space and loss: spirituality and symbolic connectedness in contemporary culture
Author(s) Ritchie, David
Journal name Double dialogues
Volume number 7
Season Winter
Start page 1
End page 9
Publisher Double Dialogues
Place of publication Canterbury, Vic
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1447-9591
Summary This paper examines the significance of space in the experience, stories and memories of loss and grief. While for many religions the earth is an important element in rituals around birth, death and burial, in increasingly secular and multi-cultural societies, church and public cemeteries are no longer the dominant sacred sites, nor is religion the only way of defining ‘spirituality’. The paper describes shifts in religious and secular practices in dealing with loss and grief, presents case studies of traditional and contemporary frameworks in which ritual, storytelling and space are important elements of meaning making processes, and invites further examination of the ways in which artmaking restores a sense of control and meaning after the experience of loss.
Language eng
Field of Research 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30015940

Document type: Journal Article
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