Narratives of Sorrow and Dignity: Japanese Women, Pregnancy Loss, and Modern Rituals of Grieving (Oxford Ritual Studies)

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Bardwell L. Smith offers a fresh perspective on c, the Japanese ceremony performed to bring solace to those who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion. Showing how old and new forms of myth, symbol, doctrine, praxis, and organization combine and overlap in contemporary mizuko kuy?, Smith provides critical insight from many angles: the sociology of the family, the power of the medical profession, the economics of temples, the import of ancestral connections, the need for healing in both private and communal ways and, perhaps above all, the place of women in modern Japanese religion.

At the heart of Smith's research is the issue of how human beings experience the death of a life that has been and remains precious to them. While universal, these losses are also personal and unique. The role of society in helping people to heal from these experiences varies widely and has changed enormously in recent decades. In examples of grieving for these kinds of losses one finds narratives not only of deep sorrow but of remarkable dignity.

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"Narratives of Sorrow and Dignity offers gripping, often extraordinary, insights into worlds we know very little of, together with pointers towards how we might learn to deal with loss and grieving and come to terms with our own morality."--The Times Literary Supplement


"In this incredibly good book Bardwell Smith shows us how one kind of parental bereavement fits into a cultural setting that is both different from and like our own...Smith with his humane attitude and clear writing style is a good teacher. The glossary of Japanese terms is extensive and pithy...Bardwell Smith has given us a book that allows us to understand parental grief from a Japanese perspective and thus give us a new perspective on grief in our own culture."--OMEGA: Journal of Death and Dying


"Narratives of Sorrow and Dignity offers a thorough, interdisciplinary, and sensitive examniation of mizuko kuy?, one that will inform discussions of the topic for years to come."
--Journal of the American Academy of Religion


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