Death and Bereavement Across Cultures / Edition 1

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Overview

All societies have their own customs and beliefs surrounding death. In the West, traditional ways of mourning are disappearing, and though science has had a major impact on views of death, it has taught us little about the way to die or to grieve. Many who come into contact with the dying and the bereaved from other cultures are at a loss to know how to offer appropriate and sensitive support.
Death and Bereavement Across Cultures, provides a handbook with which to meet the needs of doctors, nurses, social workers, counsellors and others involved in the care of the dying and bereaved. Written by international authorities in the field, this important text:
* describes the rituals and beliefs of major world religions
* explains their psychological and historical context
* shows how customs change on contact with the West
* considers the implications for the future
This book explores the richness of mourning traditions around the world with the aim of increasing the understanding which we all bring to the issue of death.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415131377
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 765,015
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Young is Consultant Child and Adult Psychiatrist at St Christopher's Fellowship, London

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
1 Introduction 3
2 Culture and religion 10
3 Grief in small-scale societies 27
4 Death in a Hindu family 52
5 A death on the roof of the world: The perspective of Tibetan Buddhism 73
6 Jewish views and customs on death 98
7 Christianity 131
8 The many facets of Islam: Death, dying and disposal between orthodox rule and historical convention 147
9 Secularization 166
10 Childhood, death and bereavement across cultures 191
11 Help for the dying and bereaved 206
12 Conclusions I: Implications for practice and policy 218
13 Conclusions II: Attachments and losses in cross-cultural perspective 233
Bibliography 244
Index 252
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