This panel considers the end of life, death and grief, and the changing states of being these entail. It questions what processes are involved as people move from one state to the next, and how people maintain continuing relationships with the dying and deceased in a variety of contexts.
This panel considers the end of life, and the changing states of being that entails. What are the processes involved as people move from one state (physical) to another (dead), and how might this be conceived in a range of social and cultural contexts (as being non-existent; as having continuing bonds with the living; as a ghost or ancestor, and so on)? In what ways are these transitions responded to and managed, and how are relationships continued? A particularly pertinent issue is how these processes of end of life, death and grief are overseen and shaped by State structures. The panel invites papers that discuss the theme of changing states of being in death through contexts such as funerals and grief in contemporary societies; ongoing relationships with the dead and what that implies about their state of being; contemporary legal structures that shape notions of the state of a being; how people may continue to exist in the online realm though in a different state; and the processes of transition for a human individual from one state (living) to another.