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Death acceptance

Views death as a natural part of the life cycle.



Celebrates and accepts death. Has the day of the dead celebrations.


Death defiance

Belief that nothing need be lost, you can take it with you.



Recite from the "TusQuabke" or guide for the deceased to the spirit world ( death defying)


Death denial

United States. Suggests that death is unnatural.


American society's denial of death

1. Through language
2. Detachment of families from the funeral process
3. relegate family members to nursing homes to die
4. Avoid conversations about the deceased for fear of loved ones becoming upset.


Jewish religion and culture

Kavod hamet (honor the dead)
Nichum avelim (comfort mourners)
Cheura kadisha- holy society, readies body
Tachrikin- linen garment placed on body
Tahara- preparation of body


Jewish funeral service

Dirt of Israel
Official mourners
Cutting of a farmer or black ribbon
Reading is psalms
Homecoming prayer
Shivah- 7 days begins period of mourning


African American funerals

Church sisters come and prepare meals
Flower girls
Nurses care for emotions
Vocal music
Words about the dead
Reception lines set up according to age, oldest to youngest


Native American culture

Depends on particular tribes
Apache believe the deceased body as an empty shell
Dakota consider the body sacred
Navajo do not believe in afterlife
Most other Native American tribes or nations do believe in the afterlife


Mexican American funerals

Muerie (death) is followed by Luto (mourning).

Strong bond in families


Guidelines for servicing a culturally diverse population

1. Recognize cultural influences in own life and how they affect work
2. Acknowledge own limitations when working with culturally diverse groups.
3. Be open to learning cultural traditions and beliefs.
4. Appreciate the history and experiences of different cultural groups in the US and identify the greatest vulnerability and strength.
5.accept wide variation of grief and coping with loss.
6. Recognize that loss is a universal experience


Three general patterns of response to death

Death acceptance

Death defiance

Death denial