Contemporary practices: Netherlands

Arfman, W. 2014

‘ Innovating from traditions: the emergence of a ritual field of collective commemoration in the Netherlands’, Journal of Contemporary Religion, 29:1, 17-32.

Faro, L. 2021

‘Monuments for stillborn children and disenfranchised grief in the Netherlands: recogition, protest and solace’, Mortality, 26:3, 264-283.

Heessels, M. 2012

Bringing Home the Dead: Ritualizing Cremation in the Netherlands, Nijmegen: Radboud University.

Heessels, M. 2012

‘Every funeral unique in (y)our own way! Professionals propagating cremation rituals’, in D.J. Davies and C. Park (eds) Emotion, Identity and Death: Mortality Across Disciplines, London: Routledge, 125-143.

Heessels, M. & Venbrux, E. 2009

‘Secondary burial in the Netherlands: rights, rites and motivations’, Mortality, 14:2, 119-132.

Heessels, M., Poots, F. & Venbrux, E. 2012

‘In touch with the deceased: animate objects and human ashes’, Material Religion, 8, 466-488.

Klaasens, M. & Groote, P. 2014

‘Postmodern crematoria in the Netherlands: a search for a final sense of place’, Mortality, 19:1, 1-21.

Mathijssen, B. 2023

‘The human corpse as aesthetic-theraputic’, Mortality, 28:1, 37-53.

Mathijssen, B. 2013

‘Pastors and relatices: enacting Protestant and Catholic funeral liturgies in the Netherlands’, in E. Venbrux, T. Quartier, C. Venhost & B. Mathijssen (eds) Changing European Deathways, Wien: Lit Verlag, 213-238.

Mathijssen, B. 2017

Making Sense of Death: Ritual Practices and Situational Beliefs of the Recently Bereaved in the Netherlands, Zurich: Lit Verlag.

Mathijssen, B. 2017

‘The ambiguity of human ashes: exploring encounters with cremated remains in the Netherlands’, Death Studies, 41: 1, 34-41.

Mathijssen, B. & Venhorst, C. 2019

Funerary Practices in the Netherlands, Bingley: Emerald Publishing.

Peelen, J. 2009

‘Reversing the past: monuments for stillborn children’, Mortality, 14:2, 173-186.

Van Steen, P. & Pellenbarg, P. 2006

‘Death and space in the Netherlands’, Tijdshrift voor Economische en Social Geographie, 97:5, 623-35.

Venbrux, E., Peelen, J. & Altena, M. 2009

‘Going Dutch: individiualisation, secularisation and changes in death rites’, Mortality, 14:2, 97-101.


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