Questions that face dying individuals, their families, and the professionals that help them at the end of their lives are explored in this volume. The contributors help the reader to come to terms with issues of mortality complicated by the diversity of cultures within society.
Chapter 2: Physical Aspects of Dying
This section of the book provides information about the four largest ethnic minority populations in the United States: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, and American Indians and Alaska Natives. For each population, the following questions are addressed:
- How large is this minority group, and what are the major subgroups within this population?
- What has been the group's experience with immigration or colonization?
- Which cultural and religious traditions are important to the group's view of death and the dying process?
- What is known about the group's traditional decision making practices?
- How do these experiences and traditions affect current-day preferences regarding end-of-life care?[Page 70]
- What can health care and social service providers ...