Journal article

The disposition of the destitute

Michael Arnold, Bjorn Nansen, Tamara Kohn, Martin Gibbs, Hannah Gould

Parity | Council to Homeless Persons | Published : 2019


The final disposition is a term used by people in the funeral industry to refer to the burial or cremation of a dead person. The final disposition is a profoundly important event, not simply a pragmatic or material process, and its significance is expressed through ritualised performances. The disposition and its rituals are shared and communal, involving ceremonies attended by the deceased’s family, friends, and community, whilst less indirectly the disposition is shared by wider social norms and values around the proper treatment of the deceased body. Although the disposition is common to us all, then, it is also a personalised event in which the particularity of the life lived is recognis..

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