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All societies have their very own customs and ideology surrounding dying. within the West, conventional methods of mourning are disappearing, and even though technological know-how has had an enormous impression on perspectives of demise, it has taught us little in regards to 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 find out how 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 employees, counsellors and others concerned with the care of the loss of life and bereaved. Written via foreign experts within the box, this significant text:* describes the rituals and ideology of significant global religions* explains their mental and ancient context* indicates how customs switch on touch with the West* considers the consequences for the futureThis ebook explores the richness of mourning traditions all over the world with the purpose of accelerating the certainty which all of us deliver to the problem of dying.

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At times, a genuine and caring offer of sympathy, shared tears, or a hug has more meaning than stilted efforts to try to act like people in the other person’s culture. This chapter advocates sincere and determined openness to the cultural realities of others, but it also is supportive of efforts that are authentic and caring in cultural idioms that are distant from the culture of the bereaved. LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM OTHER CULTURES One can find, in the ways many small-scale societies deal with grief, valuable lessons for Euro-American societies.

I have heard therapists, physicians and nurses in the United States assert that now that someone is a resident of the country that person should behave in ways that fit the country. Typically, I think, what is meant is that the newcomer should behave according to the culture of the speaker, not according to any of the hundreds of other cultures that can be found in the United States. Although I am not opposed to Grief in small-scale societies 43 someone changing beliefs and practices to fit into a new country of residence, I think it is not usually helpful to expect someone who might need help to fit one’s own culture, and to judge pathology based on one’s own cultural standards.

A Westerner may have trouble understanding and accepting a grief heavily laden with joking and laughter, murderous rage, wailing and lamentation that go on for months, or mute unresponsiveness. However, for the bereaved, the expression of emotions may be totally sincere and heartfelt, may fit what that person understands about death and grief, and is likely to be for that person the most desirable way to act. I know of no society in which the emotions of bereavement are not shaped and controlled, for the sake of the deceased, the bereaved person or others.

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