chapter  24
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Bereavement Rituals and the Creation of Legacy: Laura Lewis and William G. Hoy

T he death of a loved one radically sculpts the emotional frontiers of any per-son’s experience. In Western culture, those who experience such a death often encounter a challenging journey of private suffering, forging ahead with lives that have been dramatically altered and changed by their losses. For individuals who have loved dearly, emotional tides run high, with affective experiences of anxiety, despair, sadness, guilt, and even relief being potential currents in the emotional swirl that is grief.