Materials for mourning: Bereavement literature and the afterlife of clothes | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2040-4417
  • E-ISSN: 2040-4425



While the Judeao-Christian tradition has tended to regard clothing as ephemeral, its role in mourning and memorialization suggests that this is not the case.  Using written accounts of bereavement, I demonstrate that clothing shapes and maintains relationships between the living and the dead, allowing mourners to process loss and translate the memory of those who have died into ancestor myths.


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Keyword(s): ancestor; bereavement; clothing; death; divestment; memory; mourning
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