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An Analysis of Obituaries in Staff Magazines

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In the literature extensive attention is given to the content, structure and style of obituaries in newspapers. Analyses of the demise of colleagues in internal business communications are however non-existent. This paper discusses a bottom-up analysis of 150 obituaries published in Flemish staff magazines--obituaries that mostly focus on the deceased’s career and professional qualities. Following analysis, the data were divided in obituaries that are continuous texts and obituaries with a letter format. The differences between the two types lie at different levels: format, content, structure and language use. Obituaries with a letter format are characterized and determined by three paradoxes: the sender-receiver paradox, life-death paradox and happiness-sadness paradox.
Tijdschrift: Death Studies
ISSN: 0748-1187
Issue: 1
Volume: 40
Pagina's: 11 - 21
BOF-publication weight:1
CSS-citation score:1
Authors from:Higher Education