Editorial: the fatal sure

Nile, Richard (1997) Editorial: the fatal sure. Journal of Australian Studies, 21 (53). pp. 1-8.

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[Extract] Epitaphs tend to be 'very spare', argue Griffin and Tobin, In the Midst of Life: Australian Responses to Death, they reveal as 'little as is decently possible of the deceased' and are usually 'restricted to name, age and death'. Published bereavement notices are similarly spare and decent but they are personalised and often intimate. In contrast to the epitaph, bereavement notices identify the writer along with the deceased and they express grief, sorrow and loss at the passing. They are part of communal mourning. The bereaved may be concentrated in one location or they can be separated by distances. The publication of the notices draws mourners together as an imagined community which is bonded, however momentarily, by a shared sense of grief.

Item ID: 53838
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1835-6419
Keywords: death, bereavement notices, grief, war memorial, graveyards, mourning, graves,
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 03:15
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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