The history of mourning
Until the turn of the last century, dying was openly discussed and the customs and practices relating to death and grieving played an important role in our culture.
The devastation caused by the World Wars, however, led to a reluctance to discuss death or dying as openly, and the dialogue and rituals declined as a result.
A longer life expectancy also has a part to play. Most of us will experience an ‘expected’ death in the distant future, and may well spend our last days in a hospital. Dying in hospitals, hospices and aged care facilities, rather than at home as was done before, has dramatically changed the way in which death is expressed and how dying is experienced in our society. We’re more removed from mortality than ever before.