This volume is directed towards professionals who work in the fields concerning death and dying. These professionals must perceive the needs of people with cultural patterns which are different from the "standard and dominant" patterns in the United States and Canada. Accordingly, the book includes illustrative episodes and in-depth presentations of selected "ethnic patterns".; Each of the "ethnic chapters" is written by an author who shares the cultural traditions the chapter describes. Other chapters examine multicultural issues and provide the means for personal reflection on death and dying. There are also two bibliographic sections, one general and one geared towards children. The text is divided into three sections - Cross-Cultural and Personal perspectives, Dying, Death, and Grief Among Selected Ethnic Communities, and Reflections and Conclusions.; The book is aimed at those in the fields of clinical psychology, grief therapy, sociology, nursing, social and health care work.
Part 1 Cross-cultural and personal perspectives: cross-cultural variation in the experience, expression, and understanding of grief; personal reflections on death, grief, and cultural diversity. Part 2 Dying, death, and grief among selected ethnic communities: mourning and funeral customs of African Americans; Hispanic perspectives related to death; among death customs - traditional and acculturated; native Americans - adapting yet retaining; to honour the dead and comfort the mourners - traditions in Judaism; death and dying in Buddhism; Islamic customs regarding death; memorial services - a cultural variation.