Condolence houses in Sanliurfa: Fading away of a tradition and a creative attempt to preserve it

Yanik M., Vahip I., KÖSE A.

DEATH STUDIES, vol.29, no.1, pp.65-74, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/07481180590519877
  • Title of Journal : DEATH STUDIES
  • Page Numbers: pp.65-74


This article reports the results of qualitative research conducted to investigate the change in the traditional manner of giving and accepting condolences in Sanliurfa, a city with a unique sociocultural structure in the southeastern part of Turkey. Our methodology was based on direct observation of behavior and detailed, open-ended interviews with participants. This article aims to investigate the reasons for moving the condolence tradition from family homes to specially built condolence houses a decade ago and discusses the functional significance of the ceremonial events in giving and accepting condolences.