Remembering ThroughObjects:The loss of a parent in young adulthood in theNetherlandsRenske Visser, MSc.Bachelor Cultural A...
Contents Introduction Participants & Research Question Three Categories of objects Themes (e.g. non-conspicious dipslay...
IntroductionParticipants Research conducted in the Netherlands 8 participants 7 female, 1 male Young Adults (age 20-30...
IntroductionResearch Question Focus on mementos Dutch: ‘iets een plekje geven’ (translation: to give something a place/...
Three categories of objects Things arranged in the  living space Things that are  portable/that can be  worn Sound/Video
Themes Non-conspicious displays Dialectic between public and private sphere Dynamics of displays/ divesting ‘Closeness...
Non-Conspicious Displays
Closeness      Graveyard vs. Tattoo      Warm vs. Cold      Sensory Aspects
Dialectic Public/Private Sphere To show or not to show Social Media
Example: The case of Tess
The case of Tess:          ‘een kistje vol           sentimenten’         (box filled with sentiments)          Dynamics...
Rebalancing the Family
Conclusions These young adults use their mementos to sustain an  ongoing relationship with their deceased parent. Prefer...
Thanks for your attention !!Questions/Comments?Do you wish to read my thesis?Contact: Renskeclaasjevisser@gmail.comPhone: ...
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A presentation from the BSA Death, Dying and Bereavement Conference held on 19 November 2012.

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Remembering Through Objects: The loss of a parent in young adulthood in the Netherlands by Renske Visser

  1. 1. Remembering ThroughObjects:The loss of a parent in young adulthood in theNetherlandsRenske Visser, MSc.Bachelor Cultural AnthropologyMaster Medical AnthropologyPresentation BSA Symposium Death and The Family November 19th
  2. 2. Contents Introduction Participants & Research Question Three Categories of objects Themes (e.g. non-conspicious dipslays, ‘closeness’) Conclusions Questions/Comments?
  3. 3. IntroductionParticipants Research conducted in the Netherlands 8 participants 7 female, 1 male Young Adults (age 20-30) Lost parent, either father or mother
  4. 4. IntroductionResearch Question Focus on mementos Dutch: ‘iets een plekje geven’ (translation: to give something a place/space)
  5. 5. Three categories of objects Things arranged in the living space Things that are portable/that can be worn Sound/Video
  6. 6. Themes Non-conspicious displays Dialectic between public and private sphere Dynamics of displays/ divesting ‘Closeness’ Rebalancing Relationships The parental home as a stable core
  7. 7. Non-Conspicious Displays
  8. 8. Closeness  Graveyard vs. Tattoo  Warm vs. Cold  Sensory Aspects
  9. 9. Dialectic Public/Private Sphere To show or not to show Social Media
  10. 10. Example: The case of Tess
  11. 11. The case of Tess:  ‘een kistje vol sentimenten’ (box filled with sentiments)  Dynamics in Display  Closeness  Rearranging Memories
  12. 12. Rebalancing the Family
  13. 13. Conclusions These young adults use their mementos to sustain an ongoing relationship with their deceased parent. Preference for non-conspicious displays. Combination of letting go/holding on. Differences between family members and ways of mourning.
  14. 14. Thanks for your attention !!Questions/Comments?Do you wish to read my thesis?Contact: Renskeclaasjevisser@gmail.comPhone: +31 (0)6 467 45 261

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