Death and Bereavement Around the World: Major Religious Traditions

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In the first of five volumes, scholars of religion and social sciences describe how major world religions, as well as Native American and pagan traditions, provide roadmaps for the dying and the grieving. Subsequent volumes look at various regions, and the final one summarizes the findings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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In the first of five volumes, scholars of religion and social sciences describe how major world religions, as well as Native American and pagan traditions, provide roadmaps for the dying and the grieving. Subsequent volumes look at various regions, and the final one summarizes the findings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The make-up of the contemporary nation-state is increasingly multiethnic and statistics show that in many cases no one group is numerically the largest. Interethnic relations are given global visibility by the media while much that happens among different groups depends on context.

Editors John D. Morgan (King's College, London, Canada) and Pittu Laungani (South Bank University, London, England) have gathered leading international authorities to produce Death and Bereavement Around the World, Volume 1: Major Religious Traditions, the first of a five-volume presentation and analysis of the ways different peoples experience dying and grief.

Effective bereavement care requires a knowledge of an individual's physical, social, educational, and spiritual existence since the expressions of grief and the needs that emerge vary widely from one to another and are subject to past experiences, cultural expectations, personal beliefs, and relationships. An individual's identity comes from a sense of personal uniqueness; solidarity with group ideals; continuity with the past, present and future; and from the culture by which an individual is raised or adopted. A culture is the cumulative expression of a group's attempts, through the rationality available to them, to pursue interests with one another and the material environment. It represents the pattern of values passed from generation to generation: knowledge, customs, beliefs, art, laws, moral ideas and ideas of success. People live and die according to their value systems. It is important, then, that caregivers understand not only the values and traditions of the major religions of the world, but also the national values and traditions by which persons find meaning.

Volume 1: Major Religious Traditions discusses the major religious traditions of the world and how they help followers deal with the fundamentals of life. Volume 2 concentrates on the Americas, Volume 3 on Europe, and Volume 4 on Asia and Australasia. Each of these volumes will be published in 2002. The fifth and final volume of this work, scheduled for release in 2003, will be a series of summarizing essays and consist of national materials not included within prior volumes.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: A valuable resource for those who care for others during a time of stress or crisis. Physicians and nurses, clergy and funeral directors, teachers, scout leaders, coaches, and lay caretakers will be better able to understand, communicate, and integrate bereavement traditions with their patients, clients, colleagues and family members.

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In the first of five volumes, scholars of religion and social sciences describe how major world religions, as well as Native American and pagan traditions, provide roadmaps for the dying and the grieving. Subsequent volumes look at various regions, and the final one summarizes the findings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Reviewer: Becky Stepp, BBA, MEd, BS, M, LMSW (Seton Medical Center)
Description: This book is the first of a five-volume presentation of the ways in which different cultures experience dying and grief. Subsequent volumes will look at the values involved in confronting death and bereavement as seen across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. This volume covers the paths that the major religious traditions teach, along with the uniqueness and similarities of each.
Purpose: This in-depth look at the faiths and religions that emotionally support dying people and grieving families is an appropriate and valuable guide for caregivers. This area is worthy of exploration as it is important that caregivers take every opportunity to learn more about the spiritual roots of those with whom they are privileged to work. The authors' objectives are met solidly through an extensive review of religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, Protestantism, the Mennonite tradition, Islam, North American Native traditions, and Paganism.
Audience: The history of religion holds a fascination for a variety of disciplines in healthcare. This book can be a useful resource for physicians, nurses, social workers, and healthcare professionals as well as students and clergy. The authors' extensive backgrounds in multicultural education and counseling have resulted in a collaboration of leading international authorities who provide a rich understanding of the values and traditions of the major religions of the world.
Features: Expressions of bereavement can vary widely from one person to another and are largely based on past experiences, culture, and personal belief systems. With an understanding of the uniqueness of each value and belief system, caregivers can better identify and support the traditions in which persons find meaning. The book clearly defines and illustrates the similarities as well as the differences among religious beliefs. An especially helpful aspect of this book is the resource section following each chapter.
Assessment: The process of bereavement is grounded in the manner in which an person was taught and based upon and individual's values and belief systems. This book can be helpful to healthcare professionals who want to have a basic understanding of various belief systems.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895032737
  • Publisher: Baywood Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Death, Value and Meaning Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208

Table of Contents

General Introduction 1
Introduction to the First Volume 5
Ch. 1 Hindu Spirituality in Life, Death, and Bereavement 9
Ch. 2 Facing Life and Death: A Buddhist's Understanding of Palliative Care and Bereavement 39
Ch. 3 Death and Mourning: A Time for Weeping, A Time for Healing 57
Ch. 4 The Jewish Foundation to the Christian Belief in Resurrection 79
Ch. 5 A Roman Catholic View of Death 87
Ch. 6 Greek Orthodox Understandings of Death: Implications for Living the Easter Faith 103
Ch. 7 Spirituality, Protestantism, and Death 127
Ch. 8 Dying and Grieving Ministry in Mennonite Churches 147
Ch. 9 Islam 153
Ch. 10 North American Native Care of the Dying and the Grieving 159
Ch. 11 The Wheel of Life: The Concept of Death and Bereavement in the Pagan Community 183
Ch. 12 Some Concluding Observations 193
Contributors 197
Index 199
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