a public response to a violent and unexpected death. Messages and flowers are placed at the site. See traumatic grief. When a shopkeeper has been murdered or a child struck down by a hit-and-run driver) the example of spontaneous memorialization.

SPONTANEOUS MEMORIALIZATION: "A spontaneous memorialisation occurs when a person or a group of people suffer a violent and sudden death."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SPONTANEOUS MEMORIALIZATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/spontaneous-memorialization/ (accessed October 18, 2021).