Events management for the end of life: mortality, mourning and marginalisation

Laws, C. and Deverell, K. 2019. Events management for the end of life: mortality, mourning and marginalisation. in: Walters, T. and Jepson, A.S. (ed.) Marginalisation and Events London Routledge. pp. 222-241

Chapter titleEvents management for the end of life: mortality, mourning and marginalisation
AuthorsLaws, C. and Deverell, K.
EditorsWalters, T. and Jepson, A.S.
Abstract

The rituals, ceremonies and celebrations marking end of life are a vital aspect of human society. There is a diverse literature associated with this lifestage, yet much of this sits outside the events management body of knowledge. Whilst such occasions clearly meet accepted definitions of an event, there remains little research into the meanings and management practices associated with events at the end of life. In this way, marginalisation is expressed both through prevailing attitudes, and in the absence of research from an events perspective. In this chapter the authors address both concerns using a critical event studies approach to draw together key concepts, issues and links to professional practice. It emerges that wider societal trends such as secularisation, personalisation and co-creation are present in the contemporary funeral event. Furthermore, there will be increased demand for tailored services as more people move into the “death demographic”. The professional experience of the second author is used to illustrate how this affects current practice. What is apparent is that by adopting a design approach to the total experience environment, events professionals are well-placed to meet the growing demand for customised experiences at the end of life.

KeywordsEvent design, end of life, lifestage events
Book titleMarginalisation and Events
Page range222-241
Year2019
PublisherRoutledge
Publication dates
Published10 Jan 2019
Place of publicationLondon
EditionFirst
ISBN9781138583566

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