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Death and Bereavement Across Cultures
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:. The second edition includes new chapters that: explore how members of the health care professions perform roles formerly conducted by priests and shamans can cross the cultural gaps between different cultures and religions; consider the relevance of attitudes and assumptions about death for our understanding of religious and nationalist extremism and its consequences; discuss the Buddhist, Islamic and Christian ways of death.
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NCBI Bookshelf. Bereavement: Reactions, Consequences, and Care. Every culture has rituals to mark the deaths of its members and to assist survivors.
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. The range of the book is outstanding, unfolding with great cultural sensitivity the variety of cultural and religious differences in reactions to loss, death rituals and ways of expressing grief and mourning. In a clear and compassionate manner the books amplifies our understanding not only of the 'other' but also of our own search for meaning of life and death. It gets under the skin of culture and its impact on people and practice. This book is a masterpiece.