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Mourning and Grief
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[German Version]

are reactions to a loss, especially the loss of an important person through death or separation. But also the farewell to familiar circumstances and phases of life (Life, Cycle of), to physical and spiritual integrity, and – in the face of death – to life itself prompt grief and mourning. Grief is part of human existence. Because life depends upon relationship and leads to death, engagement with finitude and farewell cannot be avoided.

I. Sociology places the beginning of any form of culture with the beginning of mourning for the dead. Every culture develops r…

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Wagner-Rau, Ulrike, “Mourning and Grief”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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