The article deals with cultural changes provoked by the deep post-socialist transformation processes in Slovakia since 1989. It focuses on the dynamics of the transformation at a local level, providing insights into social, economic, political and other relationships of the local inhabitants. The paper presents a case study - current changes of mortuary ritual in one village and pays special attention to the local actors of transformation. It is generally argued that the observed changes are on the one hand the results of both macro-social transformation in Slovakia and of its impact at the micro-social level. On the other hand, the changes are modified by previous development and the specific local conditions. Therefore, the modifications of mortuary ritual are also studied within the wider context of modernization processes in the second half of the 20th century, in particular within the framework of the second modernization wave launched during the socialist regime in former Czechoslovakia.