Death and dying are human universals—death rituals, mourning, and grief manifest in cultures and religions throughout the world. As such, they provide a platform for cross-cultural comparison and should remain a central focus in our study of religion. Too often relegated to strictly psychological or theological approaches, there is now a rising movement in religious studies to offer fresh perspectives on death and dying that draw from other disciplines including anthropology and sociology. The selection of books discussed here follows this trend. Many volumes are centered on theological approaches, but an increasingly large number draw on ethnographic or textual studies.
The death of the US shopping mall
newsearthsense: Chinese cultural dimensions of death, dying, and bereavement: focus group findings
Abstract: The purpose of this qualitative study is to describe Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans attitudes and practices about death, dying, and bereavement. To this end, three focus groups were conducted with social work graduate students, pastors and religious leaders, and service providers working in the Chinese American community in New York City. The United States is becoming increasingly multicultural, and Chinese Americans are the most rapidly growing Asian American group. Findings from this study revealed that many Chinese attitudes and practices about death and dying are rooted in Asian cultural values such as filial piety, centrality of the family, and emphasis of hierarchy. In addition, strains of Confucianism. Buddhism, Taoism, and local folklore are embedded in these death attitudes and practices. Based on themes extrapolated from the focus groups, recommendations are delineated for service providers in order to implement culturally-sensitive bereavement practices.
New Books about Death and Dying, 2015-2018
Summer - Volume 13 Number 3. The art of dying well has been a quintessential subject of ethicoreligious matters among the people in the West and the East. Furthermore, immigrants from East Asian cultures feel more uncomfortable near death, because their physicians are not familiar with their traditions. This article is written to help American physicians understand the unique aspects of East Asian Confucian Ethics for the better care of the dying elderly. Western attitudes toward death are briefly reviewed and the six East Asian concepts related to death are elaborated from Confucian Chinese philosophy.
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