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Rules, Norms and Practices – A Comparative Study Exploring Disposal Practices and Facilities in Northern Europe

Nordh, H; House, D; Westendorp, M; Maddrell, A; Wingren, C; Kmec, S; McClymont, K; ... Venbrux, E; + view all (2022) Rules, Norms and Practices – A Comparative Study Exploring Disposal Practices and Facilities in Northern Europe. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying 10.1177/00302228211042138. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

We identify and analyse practices and management regimes around burial and handling of ashes across eight case study towns within six Northern European countries. We analyse management of cemeteries and crematoria gardens, majority practices and provision for minority communities, including various burial types, cremated remains, the re-use of graves, and costs for interments. Comparative data is drawn from analysis of national and local regulations, interviews with stakeholders, and observations at cemeteries and crematoria gardens. The findings show significant variation in national and local regulations and practices for burial and cremation particularly around the re-use of graves, handling of ashes and costs for grave space and cremation. We identify the opportunities and constraints of these variations in terms of accessibility, diversity and equality; and argue for national directions to avoid unequal treatment within nations. Furthermore, we stress the importance of a liberal and inclusive management of European cemeteries and crematoria gardens.

Type: Article
Title: Rules, Norms and Practices – A Comparative Study Exploring Disposal Practices and Facilities in Northern Europe
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/00302228211042138
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/00302228211042138
Language: English
Additional information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Keywords: Burial, grave, cemeteries, crematoria, multicultural societies, religious diversity
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10135016
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