Basic Instinct?: Examining the spatial links between bereaved parents and their child's burial site in Sweden
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Currently, necro-geography is a fringe topic in population geography. However, significant spatial links between the living and the deceased are emerging as more research on the topic becomes available. This study investigates the effects the death of a child has on the migration patterns of its surviving parents. The empirical data used consists of all parents in Sweden aged 20 to 50 years old in the year 2000 who had a child aged 0 to 17 years, including parents whose child passed away that same year. The results reveal that bereaved parents are more likely to migrate than non-bereaved parents. However, the migration distance undertaken by the bereaved is predominately across shorter distances with a gradual shift towards longer migrations over the course of ten years following the death of their child. This study is the first such analysis on a national level adding new insights into migration and its links to necro-geography.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
mobility; migration; necro-geography; bereaved parents; mourning behaviour
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-73497OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-73497DiVA: diva2:632129
Master's Program in Spatial Planning and Development