Mourning is a deeply ingrained human response to loss, and the customs and practices associated with it have evolved significantly over time. Mourning in the Victorian era was strict, with certain rules and rituals that had to be followed, whereas in modern time mourning tends to be much more relaxed and flexible. Today, we’ll have a look at the key differences between mourning in Victorian times and mourning in contemporary society.
It is no longer a requirement to wear dark clothing when mourning for funerals nowadays, though some people still prefer to. Many people now wear clothing that reflects the personality and preferences of the deceased, such as clothing in their favourite colour.
Funerals tend to be more focused on celebrating the life of the deceased, rather than mourning their loss. They are also more personalised than the rigid affairs that were Victorian funerals, often incorporating the deceased’s hobbies, interests and beliefs.
The digital age has introduced online memorials, where friends and family can share memories, photos and condolences on social media or dedicated websites.
There isn’t really any expectation or etiquette for mourning in modern times. Everybody is different, and people grieve in different ways. In contrast to Victorian times, people are encouraged to socialise and go out and have fun even if they are grieving. There is no expected mourning period, as different people will mourn for different periods of time - there is no set amount of time to measure grief.
The history of mourning customs has witnessed a significant shift from the rigid and formal practices of the Victorian era to the more personalised and flexible approaches of today. These differences reflect the changing cultural and societal norms and the growing recognition of the importance of individualised approaches to grief and remembrance.
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