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Virtual AfterlivesGrieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century$
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Candi K. Cann

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813145419

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813145419.001.0001

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Moving the Dead

Moving the Dead

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(p.81) 3 Moving the Dead
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Virtual Afterlives
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Candi K. Cann

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813145419.003.0004

Car-decal and T-shirt memorials, in which a memorial of the deceased is placed on the windshield of a car or worn as clothing, serve temporarily as a memorialization for the deceased. Like tattoos—but less permanent—car decals and T-shirts allow grievers to claim status as bereaved so that grief work may be done in a socially accepted way. Car-decal and T-shirt memorials allow the bereaved to make their status as grievers public, and yet, after a period of time, because of the temporary nature of these memorials, mourners can return to their nongrieving states.

Keywords:   Car-decal memorial, T-shirt memorial, Bumper sticker, Mobile shrines

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