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Laurie Faro (1957) has been educated in the field of law and culture studies. Already as a young attorney she developed a strong interest in empowering the victim in the legal process. This focus remained when she switched to scientific research in the field of health law. She has published extensively on the subject of quality of care and patients’ rights. In 1990 she completed a PhD project on this subject. 
In 2015 she completed a PhD focusing on the context and meaning of ‘postponed’ monuments as a separate category within Dutch monument culture. ‘Postponed’ monuments are monuments erected a long time after the event or disaster to be commemorated took place. This study is a qualitative exploration within the field of ritual studies. This contribution is based on the results of one of the case studies explored within the context of the PhD study.
This second PhD research project is the result of her personal interest in the experiences of people who have been burdened with traumatic experiences in the past and the impact of their ritual commemoration practices, especially at the site of a public monument.
At present Laurie Faro is involved, as a Post Doc researcher at Tilburg University, in a project relating to children and death in the Netherlands: Children and death: reality versus popular culture.


  • Literature
  • Culture
  • International Law
  • Death & Dying (Thanatology)
  • Ritual Studies
  • Ritual
  • Collective Memory
  • Narrative
  • Narrative Theory
  • Narrative and Identity
  • Narrative Analysis
  • Nationalism
  • Youth Culture
  • Death Studies
  • Anthropology of Death






External positions

(Ventoux Consult)

1 Apr 2017 → …


  • Death
  • Youth Culture
  • Literature
  • Death Ritual
  • Mourning
  • Health Law
  • Health Care

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monument Social Sciences
anger Social Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences
parents Social Sciences
community Social Sciences
religious behavior Social Sciences
website Social Sciences
memorial Social Sciences

Research Output 2011 2018

Dutch Monuments for Stillborn Children

Faro, L., 2018, In : Nursing Clio.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Rode jurken en dode moeders: Rouwverwerking in jeugdboeken

Faro, L., 2018, In : Literatuur zonder leeftijd. 106, p. 96–123

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

When Children Participate in the Death Ritual of a Parent: Funerary Photographs as Mnemonic Objects

Faro, L., 2018, In : Religions. 9, 215, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
Death Ritual
Childhood Memories
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Een Ritual Studies onderzoeksdesign: Ervaringen en perspectieven

Translated title of the contribution: A Ritual Studies Research Design: Experiences and perspectivesPost, P. & Faro, L., Dec 2017, In : Yearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies. 33, p. 20-39

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Brieven aan mijn toekomstige zelf

Hoeven, L. & Faro, L., 11 May 2015, p. 40-44. 5 p.

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