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Me and My Dead Body: Death, Secularism, and Simultaneity

  • Hedvig EkerwaldEmail author


In this chapter, thoughts around death are explored through a peer interview study with 11 Swedes. They belong to the network of the author and are predominantly middle-class and middle-aged, and they showed themselves to be very secular. This secularism is then problematized, and three themes are analyzed—a secular respect for the dead body, cremation as a rational choice, and one example of an irrational resistance to donating one’s organs. An understanding of the Swedish context is deepened. The way death can be surrounded by religious and non-religious aspects at the same time is explored through the concept of “simultaneity.”


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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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