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Death and Bereavement Across Cultures


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Part 1. A Conceptual Framework : Historical and Cultural Themes. Murray Parkes, Laungani, Young, Introduction. Murray Parkes, Laungani, Young, Culture and Religion.Part 2. Major World Systems of Belief and Ritual. Rosenblatt, Grief in Small-Scale Societies. Pittu and Ann Laungani, Death in a Hindu Family. Gouin, The Buddhist Way of Death. Levine, Jewish Views and Customs on Death. Jupp, Christianity: Beliefs and Practices about Death and Bereavement. Alladin, The Islamic Way of Death and Dying: Homeward Bound. Walter, Secularisation. Part 3. Practical Implications and Conclusions. Papadatou, Children and Families. Murray Parkes, Helping the Dying and the Bereaved. Laungani, Murray Parkes,Young, Conclusions I. Implications for Practice and Policy. Murray Parkes, Conclusions II. Attachments and Losses in Cross-cultural Perspective

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Colin Murray Parkes, OBE, MD, FRCPsych, DL, is Consultant Psychiatrist Emeritus at St Christopher's Hospice and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist to the Royal London Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic, London. He is Life President of Cruse Bereavement Care and in 1996 was awarded an OBE for services to bereaved people. Pittu Laungani was Reader in Psychology at South Bank University until his retirement in 2001. He died in 2007. Bill Young is former Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at St Christopher's Fellowship, London.


"An entire section addressing how professionals can make use of this information to improve their services further highlights that not only must we do more to tailor our approach to the needs of others, but also that this can be done. Much like any encounter with death, this book is a tough but meaningful, thought-provoking read." - Richard Potter, The Psychologist

"The years that passed since the first publication of DEATH AND BEREAVEMENT ACROSS CULTURES have made this important contribution even more relevant both for healthcare counselors and for the general public. This book has been my faithful companion on my arduous trauma healing and grief work and teaching across the world. The range of the book is outstanding, unfolding with great cultural sensitivity the variety of cultural and religious differences in reactions to loss, death rituals and ways of expressing grief and mourning. In a clear and compassionate manner the books amplifies our understanding not only of the 'other' but also of our own search for meaning of life and death." - Ofra Ayalon Ph.D., Psychologist, expert on psychological stress and trauma of natural & man-made disasters, Haifa University, Director of Nord Cope Center "Death and Bereavement Across Cultures provides the perspectives that underpin best practice. It gets under the skin of culture and its impact on people and practice. This book is a masterpiece. This second edition is an updated statement of latest thinking on the fruitfulness of cultural diversity in illness, death and bereavement. A must-read for those working or studying in the field of end of life care and bereavement as well as health and social care practitioners." - David Oliviere, Director of Studies at St Christopher's Hospice "Death and Bereavement Across Cultures is the second edition of the classic collection of essays first published by the authors in 1997 and remains a pioneering handbook for doctors, nurses, social workers, hospital chaplains, counselors, and volunteers who deal with death and bereavement... Many chapters are written by renowned experts in the field... An extremely valuable aspect of the volume is that each chapter includes a bullet point summary of its main points in very accessible form." - Henry Abramovitch, Tel Aviv University, Transcultural Psychiatry

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