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 1: An Introduction to Culture and its Influence on End-of-Life Decision Making
An Introduction to Culture and its Influence on End-of-Life Decision Making
For most, the mystery of death and dying continues to defy the imagination. What is seen of death is the finality of the physical body. But what is believed about the meaning of death, how it should be faced, and what happens after physical death varies by culture and its associated religion (DeSpelder & Strickland, 1992; Johnson & McGee, 1991).
For example, when we lose a loved one, our culture helps to explain why this death has occurred at this time and in this way. We look to our culture for advice on how to act when a death occurs, how to ...