'You can name her' : ritualised grieving by an Australian woman for her stillborn twin
Rosenberg, John P. (2012) 'You can name her' : ritualised grieving by an Australian woman for her stillborn twin. Health Sociology Review, 21(4), pp. 406-412.
The stillbirth of an Australian infant in the mid-20th Century was an event often left unacknowledged. Mothers of stillborn babies were often told to 'forget about it and have another baby.' Siblings of these babies were often not encouraged to discuss them, and were even left unaware of their birth and death.
This paper explores this phenomenon in an Australian case study. When Nancy was born in 1937, her twin sister was stillborn. As was customary at that time, the deceased baby was buried unnamed in an unmarked plot without ceremony. Little was said of her thereafter. Seventy-three years later, Nancy finally undertook a number of activities with ritualised features that acknowledged, named, mourned and honoured her sister.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||grief rituals, stillbirth, sociology, disenfranchised grief, memory keepers, mourning|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
|Deposited On:||20 Mar 2014 23:02|
|Last Modified:||10 Apr 2014 01:23|
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