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Funeral
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1. General

In human life the funeral is the ritual by which a society, clan, or family reconstitutes itself after the death of a member. It is the rite of passage in which a community marks and sometimes actually effects the transition both of a living person to the realm of the dead and of bereaved persons through mourning to reestablished life. The funeral accomplishes the reintegration of the affected grou…

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Steck, Wolfgang, Donohue C.R., James, Mehedintu, Viorel, Mbiti, John and Senn, Frank C., “Funeral”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 06 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_F243>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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