SFA’s Continuum project shares cultural knowledge about traditions, expressions, and practices associated with end of life, grief, mourning and death in Southern Arizona’s folk, ethnic, occupational, faith-based and alternative communities.
In 2014 the project engaged citizen folklorists in ethnographic fieldwork to map and document local traditions associated with death and dying. Results were published in a journal that included interviews, photos, and citizen reports of place-based death-related traditions, as well as a listing of national and community resources. These findings seek to support the continuing conversation about the end of life among community members, health practitioners, scholars and the public at large.
In 2015 & 2016, the project continued to develop materials documenting rituals, stories, and ethnic traditions; organize public events; and produce media that share the practices of southern Arizona’s diverse ethnic, folk and alternative communities.
Download Continuum Booklets (4), May 2016
Download Continuum Journal, May 2015
Download Continuum Resources Listing and Workbook, May 2015
This program is supported by the Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (2014-2015). We also thank the Celebrant Foundation Institute for their donation and recognition of Ms. Kristine Bentz, a volunteer member of the project’s fieldworker cohort.