Changing Customs in the late 1990s

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter


In the late 1990s in Sweden a growing number of people chose to scatter the ashes of their cremated relatives in places other than public or private burial grounds. The option of scattering was, itself, made possible in 1957, and is strictly regulated. It is possible to see the private taking care of the ashes as a post-modern way of relating to rites of death. The purposes of these acts are to handle and structure a process, an event, an important value, or to create a meaning-shaping situation, which involves a considering of the will and intention of the deceased.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Religious Studies


  • sociology of religion, psychology of religion, cremation, ashes, burial
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Cremation
EditorsDouglas J Davies, Lewis H Mates
ISBN (Print)0-7546-3773-5
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryPopular science

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)