Cremation in Belgium in a historical and European perspective: a call for quantitative and qualitative data research

Tamara Ingels, Patrick Van Den Nieuwenhof

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Abstract

Institutional and cultural discussions concerning cremation have been a major issue in Belgium and the Flanders region in the 20th century. Although cremation was determined by law since 1932, the first Flemish crematorium only opened in 1983. Since this crematorium, and later several others, was opened, cremation became a major part of Flemish funerary culture. Tamara Ingels gives a short overview the history of cremation in Belgium and the Flanders and discusses examples of how crematoria have been able to organize and adapt their services and influence Flemish death culture.

Patrick Van den Nieuwenhof will discuss the fact that even today not that much standardized data are available about cremations in Europe. Statistical data are not well defined so comparison between European countries is difficult. Qualitative data are still to be discovered. Based on partially statistical data and qualitative data (European barometer, European values survey…), Patrick Van den Nieuwenhof will do a proposal for a future research project on a European level.

This contribution is building further upon the contribution of Christoph de Spiegeleer and Jeffrey Tyssens (concerning 19th century funerary culture in Belgium), another major issue in Belgian death culture.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDeath, Dying and the Disposal of the Body: Eastern and Western Ways of Dying and Death (DDD12). Book of abstracts
Place of PublicationAlba Iulia
PublisherAssociation for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS)
Pages25-25
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventDeath, Dying and the Disposal of the Body. Eastern and Western Ways of Dying and Death (DDD12) - "1 Decembrie 1918" University, Alba Iulia, Romania
Duration: 2 Sep 20156 Sep 2015

Conference

ConferenceDeath, Dying and the Disposal of the Body. Eastern and Western Ways of Dying and Death (DDD12)
CountryRomania
CityAlba Iulia
Period2/09/156/09/15

Keywords

  • Cremation
  • death studies
  • secularisation

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