Research: Research article about stories we tell about death and grief


Kjetil Sandvik


Through the 20th century our personal stories about death and grief became more and more a private concern. Death is still highly tabu in Nordic countries, but in the last two decades we have seen the emergence of new forms of grieving and storytelling about grief.

1. Tendency

A tendency for death and grief to be public, and take root in social life of society and groups.

2. Tendency

Rather than grief being just about letting go of the deceased place among the living, grieving today is as much about creating new stories that continually change the place of the deceased place in our world.

3. Tendency

The relation to the descaled are kept alive by people in the close social circle

4. Tendency

The practise of grieving and stories about our grief is more inclusive and  more dialogic.

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