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We Remember, We Love, We Grieve: Mortuary and Memorial Practice in Contemporary Russia
by Elizabeth Warner and Svetlana Adonyeva
University of Wisconsin Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-0-299-33073-6 | Cloth: 978-0-299-33070-5
Library of Congress Classification GT3256.2.A2W37 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 393.90947

This is a book about death, comprehensive in its discussion of strategies for coping with loss and grief in rural northern Russia. Elizabeth Warner and Svetlana Adonyeva bring forth the voices of those for whom caring for their dead is deeply personal and firmly rooted in practices of everyday life. Thoroughly researched chapters consider lamenting traditions, examine beliefs surrounding natural symbols, and parse sensitive and profound funereal rituals.

“We remember, we love, we grieve” is a common epitaph in this part of the world. As contemporary Russia contends with the Soviet Union’s legacy of dismantling older ways of life, the phrase ripples beyond individual loss—it encapsulates communities’ determination to preserve their customs when faced with oppression. This volume offers insight into a core cultural practice, exploring the dynamism of tradition.
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