Bridging the Gaps: An Empirical Study of Catholic Funeral Rites
Funeral rites help people to cope with their loss and express their religious needs. Even in a secularised society such as that in the Netherlands large groups of people still fall back on ecclesiastic rites when a loved one dies. But how does one explain that there are more people participating in church funerals than people who assign religion a focal place in their lives? How do present-day funeral-goers regard the rites in which they participate? Does the rite actually help them to bridge the gaps left by the deceased? This study considers such questions from the angle of ritual and liturgical studies by way of empirical research into perceptions of present-day church funerals in the Netherlands.
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agree more strongly anamnesis anthropomorphic theism aspects Assmann bereaved bridging the social bridging the temporal Chauvet church funerals collaborative coping communicative-liturgical hope communicative-liturgical remembrance concept correlates cultural-liturgical hope cultural-liturgical remembrance death and afterlife deceased’s deelnemers deferring coping dependent variables dimension ecclesiastic rites explained variance factor analysis form of funeral forms of liminality funeral liturgy funeral-goers human images immanent interpretation individual panentheism individualisation inductive mediation inductive participation interpretation of finitude interval of 99 intervening variable invloed kerkelijke uitvaart language and guideline liturgical form liturgical integration liturgical mediation liturgical remembrance liturgical tradition liturgische meaning mediation and participation memory Metatheism mourning activities neral Non-anthropomorphic theism notions about mortality opvattingen past and future people’s R-square relational liminality regarding reliability interval religious coping Religious salience remembrance and hope respondents resurrection rites of passage Roman Catholic funeral self-directing coping social gap social network social position socio-religious background strength of belief TABLE temporal gap tion transcendent interpretation