Death, Value and Meaning Series, John D. Morgan, Series Editor
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IN PRAISE OF
"This book is not just for therapists, but those who are losing or have lost
a loved one. It is testament to the fact that we the living walk amongst the
dead. Some of the rituals and customs are common to many religions and cultures,
which makes this book a fascinating read. I would recommend this book as
an insight into American multi-cultural practices on death and I highly
recommend its use for professionals, academics and the lay public."
—Dr. Sandra E. S. Neil, Ph.D., World Area Chair, International Council of
"This is an interesting book that, although aimed at an academic audience, makes us particularly aware that governments need to exercise a greater political will to provide the citizens of the Americas with something closer to a 'good death'."
—Maria-Alicia Ferrera-Peńa, Sociologist and Counselor, Cruse Bereavement Care, Volume 24, Number 1
ABOUT THE SERIES
The make-up of the contemporary nation-state is increasingly multiethnic and statistics show that in many cases no one group is numerically the largest.
Interethnic relations are given global visibility by the media while much that happens among different groups depends on context.
Editors John D. Morgan (King’s College, London, Canada) and Pittu Laungani (Manchester University, England) have gathered leading international
authorities to produce Death and Bereavement Around the World, Volume 1: Major Religious Traditions, the first of a five-volume presentation and
analysis of the ways different peoples experience dying and grief.
Effective bereavement care requires a knowledge of an individual’s physical, social,
educational, and spiritual existence since the expressions of grief and the needs that emerge vary widely from one to another and are subject to
past experiences, cultural expectations, personal beliefs, and relationships. An individual’s identity comes from a sense of personal
uniqueness; solidarity with group ideals; continuity with the past, present and future; and from
the culture by which an individual is raised or adopted. A culture is the cumulative expression
of a group’s attempts, through the rationality available to them, to pursue interests with one
another and the material environment. It represents the pattern of values passed from
generation to generation: knowledge, customs, beliefs, art, laws, moral ideas and ideas of
success. People live and die according to their value systems. It is important, then, that
caregivers understand not only the values and traditions of the major religions of the world, but
also the national values and traditions by which persons find meaning.
Volume 2: Death and Bereavement in the Americas Death
and Bereavement Around the World, Volume 2: Death and Bereavement in the
Americas, examines national cultures.
The contributors explore unique Canadian views about dying, bereavement, and
euthanasia; the realities of dying and grieving in the United States, noting
changes that have occurred since
September 11, 2001; and black American attitudes and behaviors. The
celebration of the "Day of the Dead" is used to interpret Meso-American
views of death-- that death does not have the final word. Other contributors
show how the indigenous beliefs of Jamaica mix with Christianity and with
the social crises in that country, and discuss similar themes about in
Panama, Colombia, and Brazil, where a strong hospice and bereavement care
movement is tempering traditional attitudes. In the chapters on Peru,
Argentina, and Venezuela, we see how rituals, both religious and secular,
help the dying and bereaved. Death and
Bereavement Around the World will be
a valuable resource for those who care for others during a time of stress or
crisis. Physicians and nurses, clergy and funeral directors, teachers, scout
leaders, coaches, and lay caretakers will be better able to understand,
communicate, and integrate bereavement traditions with their patients,
clients, colleagues and family members.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
John D. Morgan, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the
death awareness movement. He earned his doctorate from the University of
Southern California and has published on a wide range of topics in the field of
death and bereavement, drawn from his work as educator, author, lecturer, and
program organizer. In 1997 he received an award from the Association for Death
Education and Counseling for his work in death education. Dr. Morgan is the
series editor of Baywood’s Death, Value and Meaning Series. Born in San
Francisco, he has resided in Canada since 1963.
Pittu Laungani, M.A., Ph.D., is
senior research fellow at Manchester University, England. Dr. Laungani
specializes in multicultural education and counseling, especially grief
counseling. He has published more than 100 learned articles and is a
sought-after speaker. In addition to academic work, he is a recognized novelist
and playwright. Dr. Laungani is on the editorial board of Medicine & Law,
International Journal of Group Tensions, and International Journal of
Health Promotion and Education. At present, he is writing another book
entitled: It Shouldn’t Happen to a
Patient: Fourteen Years On! to be
published by Baywood and is also working on his fourth play.