Saying our last goodbye is difficult.
Many mourners embrace long held traditions to find meaning and solace in their time of grief. At the heart of this religious ritual is the memorializing of the dead.
But that’s changing.
Traditional memorials and religious services are increasingly replaced by other approaches. Cremation, once outside the American mainstream, is growing in popularity. Some families bypass traditional memorialization altogether; ashes are scattered in the wind or they sit on a shelf. These trends present challenges to both the cemetery industry and to the religious institution.
"Saying Goodbye" looks at how Calvary Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio embraces the traditions of the past while trying to broaden their available options. And we learn why, for some people, traditional memorialization is a powerful and irreplaceable part of their experience.
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©2012 Sam Manavis