Thanatology Review

Electronic Journal


Volume 23

Number 4 · 2019

Short article



Letting go and mourning in the urban and virtual space

Abstract · In the years following the regime change in Hungary, an increasing number of alternative burial practices appeared in Budapest. Scattering the remains in open water, keeping the urns at home or spreading the ashes from the air have also become popular. Democratic rule of law, a more permissive legislative environment and global influences have all played a role in the process.

In Budapest, the water of the Danube has also become a symbolic cemetery with a place for remembrance. Along with alternative burial practices, the digitalization of the memorial process of mourning is also widespread on various static and dynamic web platforms.

In the present study, I discuss the two processes separately, and attempt to point out the interconnection and interaction between physical and virtual space.