By Colin Parkes
All societies have their very own customs and ideology surrounding loss of life. within the West, conventional methods of mourning are disappearing, and even though technology has had a big effect on perspectives of dying, it has taught us little concerning the strategy to die or to grieve. many that come into touch with the loss of life and the bereaved from different cultures are at a loss to understand tips to supply acceptable and delicate support.Death and Bereavement throughout Cultures, offers a instruction manual with which to satisfy the wishes of medical professionals, nurses, social staff, counsellors and others thinking about the care of the demise and bereaved. Written by way of foreign experts within the box, this crucial text:* describes the rituals and ideology of significant global religions* explains their mental and old context* indicates how customs swap on touch with the West* considers the consequences for the futureThis booklet explores the richness of mourning traditions all over the world with the purpose of accelerating the knowledge which all of us deliver to the problem of dying.
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There may be no tolerance of special dress, of shaving the head, of self-mutilation, cessation of bathing and the like. Those outside the mourner’s culture are not likely to know what to say or do. If anything, there may be attempts to mute or entirely stop practices that seem alien. In the society at large there may be no tolerance for certain rituals. For example, community authorities and neighbours may not tolerate destroying the property of the deceased, animal sacrifices, laying out the deceased at home for days or weeks following the death, or loud and continual wailing.
Perhaps the first step is not to stereotype. One can know things about the other’s culture, know that certain beliefs and practices are common, but one should not assume that all people who come from that culture are alike. One’s knowledge can be an asset. Knowing that people from a given culture believe that the spirit of a deceased person is linked to personal possessions of the deceased or that the spirit is dangerous to people the person loved while alive may be helpful. But one must not assume that everyone from that culture holds those beliefs.
A would-be helper needs to know what sort of talk, if any, is appropriate for a person from a culture the helper does not know well. In fact, even in the West there are many who do not readily talk about loss and grief. Although a practitioner might consider such a person to be in trouble, defining the seeming resistance to talk as pathological or a potential source of pathology, that way of understanding those who do not talk is open to question (Stroebe, Gergen, Gergen and Stroebe, 1992). Another aspect of cultural differences in talk is that what is important about life, death and grieving differs markedly from culture to culture.
Death and Bereavement Across Cultures by Colin Parkes