The Last Journey – The Funeral Rites and Cultural Needs of Gypsies and Travellers

Although death is a biological process, it is the rites, observances, and memorials that often help us to cope with the passing of loved ones, and these processes are shaped by cultural, religious, and family traditions (Collins and Doolittle, 2006). The aim of this study was to learn more about death rites of Gypsy and Traveller families and to identify any significant concerns in order to help funeral directors, and churches, to respond to their cultural needs.

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