What is it about?
This project investigates approaches to funeral rites and memorialisation among diverse groups living in Melbourne, Australia. We have a specific interest in advancing understandings of Baby Boomers, Christians and other Culturally Diverse groups. The project will gather information about their perceptions, experiences and plans regarding end-of-life decisions and funerary practices. Using a combination of questionnaires and interviews, the project will canvas the opinions and experiences of a diverse range of communities.
Who is doing this work?
Three organisations have come together to complete this research project.
- Monash University
- Victorian Government Cemeteries Crematoria Regulation Unit
- Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust
The Victorian Government Cemeteries Crematoria Regulation Unit at the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust are both committed to providing quality services and support to Victoria’s diverse population. However, they have encountered a dearth of knowledge regarding certain religious, cultural and demographic groups in the population. These are Christians, Baby Boomers and Pacific Islanders.
Teaming up with Monash University, The Victorian Government Cemeteries Crematoria Regulation Unit, and the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust are conducting a research project to address the knowledge deficit in this area.
Why are we doing this?
There is a lack of knowledge in regards to the needs and support structures available to Christians, Baby Boomers and Pacific Islanders. For that reason, those groups are the focus of this project. The findings of this project will benefit participants by clarifying and articulating their needs in terms of end-of-life decision making, and funerary preferences.
The broader communities to which the participants belong will similarly benefit from the research. This is because the research will provide vital insights that will underpin the future planning and policy for the Victorian Government Cemeteries and Crematoria Regulation Unit as well as for the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. These regulatory bodies will utilise the findings of the project to improve their service provision for the communities involved. The project findings will also contribute to a small, but growing body of academic literature seeking to understand sensitive topics such as funerary practices, and memorialisation preferences.
What will be doing?
This project will focus on those who identify as either Christian, Baby Boomer or other culturally diverse groups living in Melbourne, Australia.
The project has two phases:
Phase 1 – Scoping questionnaire with Melbourne residents;
- 60-80 participants who identify as Christian (all denominations)
- 60-80 participants who are Baby Boomers (born 1945-1965)
- 60-80 participants who identify as other culturally diverse groups
Information collected as part of the questionnaire will be used to inform the second stage of the research. If you would like to take part, please follow this link.
Phase 2 – Interviews with Melbourne residents;
- 30 participants who identify as Christian (all denominations)
- 30 participants who are Baby Boomers (born 1945-1965)
- 30 participants from other culturally diverse groups
All interviews will be conducted face-to-face with a member of the Monash research team. Interviews will take place at a time and place convenient to the participant. If you are interested, please follow this link.
Once the data collection phase of the project is complete, the team at Monash University will analyse the data to establish the key themes. The team will then develop a report for the community to explain what was found.