Personalised eschatology. Crossing Borders in Dutch Death Rituals
Eschatological images still feature in modern death rituals in the Netherlands, but it is unclear what these beliefs actually mean to participants. As a result of rationalisation and individualisation death rituals have acquired a highly personalised character. How can this personalisation be combined with beliefs in an afterlife as reflected in eschatology? In this paper I explore two eschatological images: heaven and angels. I hypothesise that these images are personalised in present-day rituals. Reflection on such beliefs could contribute to what I call personalised eschatology and could bridge the gap between personal bereavement and hope of an afterlife in contemporary ritual.
eschatology, death ritual, personalisation, heaven, angels