Death and Bereavement Across Cultures

Death and Bereavement Across Cultures➮ [Read] ➪ Death and Bereavement Across Cultures By Colin Parkes ➺ – 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 u All societies have their own Bereavement Across Kindle Õ 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 Death and ePUB ô 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 and Bereavement Across PDF ✓ sensitive supportDeath 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 futureThis 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. Though I'm glad I read this book it did not uite live up to the high hopes I had for this book The book sacrifices depth for the sake of breadth There are chapters covering death and bereavement rituals of Christians Jews Muslims Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists Given that this book is only a little over 200 pages needless to say none of the chapters are very detailed or even close to being comprehensive So perhaps this is a good introduction to this topic but for those looking for something with substance I wouldn't recommend this one It is almost 20 years old but this collection of essays about funerary and other mourning customs in different cultures Jewish Islamic Christian Hindu Tibetan Buddhist humanist smaller societies is very helpful reading You might be surprised to learn how different the responses are to the deaths of infants children men and women or how gender specific some of the roles are or how children may or may not be included among mourners or how long the periods of mourning are in some some societies Each essay has a helpful summary at the end Recommended As a guide for hospice workers and end of life care providers this book is sometimes woefully vague But given the ambitious scope of what it seeks to accomplish providing introductions to or overviews of cultural attitudes toward death and bereavement rituals across the world this is perhaps a necessary flaw in the book I grew up in a Christian household for instance and so found the chapter on Christianity disappointingly broad I am currently a Buddhist and I conversely found the chapter on Tibetan burial practices too narrowly focused But the chapters on Islam Judaism and Hinduism were for me fascinating and the chapter on secular Humanism though at times too aggressively anti religious for my tastes was eually educational I think the serious student of world cultures world religions andor death and bereavement would be wise to find whole books on each subject because these chapters just don't get the job done but as an introduction to such studies this book worked out pretty well and would probably serve nicely as a handy refresher reference to keep on the shelf This is a textbook on working with and understanding the views and practices of different cultures when it comes to death and dying Parts of it are uite good especially that of the chapter on Tibetan Buddhism However the chapter on Christian practices is weak and written by someone who has spent little time around anyone who actually holds Christian beliefs Written for health care providers in the UK it's worth a look but not a second read This book is written in a very sensitive and tactful manner by a persons who have a greatdeal of cultural and spiritual understanding It gives an overview of all the main religions culturesand how they deal with death bereavement I enjoyed reading also the effects secularization has on the grief process The chapter on child death bereavement was important to me I found this book very helpful and opens up many understandings and uestions I got a lot of food for thought A very thoughtful look at the practice of bereavement across various religions and cultures I think it is the in depth approach that turns off some readers However as a hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator I found the approach illuminating and helpful to my profession It was very informative informed the reader of different cultural and religious aspects Interesting read it as an assigment for grief counseling certifcation informative Less specific as I hoped it would have been Thorough and informational

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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Death and Bereavement Across Cultures
  • Colin Parkes
  • English
  • 06 March 2015
  • 9780415131377