Posthumous dignity and the importance in returning remains of the deceased
Forensic science and humanitarian action
Chichester (England) : J. Wiley, 2020
Bibliography : p. 76-78
Two concepts that are important to consider within posthumous dignity are value and respect. This chapter states that dignity after death does exist. The relationship people had with the deceased, and how they interact with the remains, will determine whether posthumous dignity is protected or violated. If a community shares a common interest regarding the boundary object, and works towards a common goal, the moral injury subsequently inflicted on the individuals attempting to safeguard posthumous dignity is likely to be low. The concept of posthumous dignity becomes embedded with return‐of‐remains practices and the tacit belief that remains of the deceased be valued and respected. A central feature of the disaster victim identification process is to return the remains of the deceased to their families. The chapter highlights the importance of return‐of‐remains practices to minimize the suffering of families and communities.
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