Death and bereavement across cultures pdf

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Death & Dying : Cultural and Religious Perspectives

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Death and Bereavement Across Cultures

NCBI Bookshelf. Bereavement: Reactions, Consequences, and Care. Every culture has rituals to mark the deaths of its members and to assist survivors. These outward expressions of mourning may be solemn or joyous, depending on the group's beliefs about death. Bereavement is less akin to the acute experimental stress created in a laboratory such as a film that makes viewers uncomfortable than it is to the stress of immigrants' uprooting and acculturation. It ushers in altered social roles, a new set of interactions with individuals and social institutions, and a search for meaning. Moreover, bereavement can be a source of distress not solely for one individual, or even a social network, but also for an entire community.

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Much like any encounter with death, this book is a tough but meaningful, thought-provoking read. This book has been my faithful companion on my arduous trauma healing and grief work and teaching across the world.

All societies have their own customs and beliefs surrounding death. In the West, traditional ways of mourning are disappearing, and although Western science has had a major impact on how people die, it has taught us little about the way to die or to grieve. Many whose work brings them into contact with the dying and the bereaved from Western and other cultures are at a loss to know how to offer appropriate and sensitive support. It is a practical guide explaining the religious and other differences commonly met with in multi-cultural societies when someone is dying or bereaved. In doing so readers may be surprised to find how much we can learn from other cultures about our own attitudes and assumptions about death. Written by international experts in the field the book:.

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