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 6: Cultural and Religious Issues for African Americans
Cultural and Religious Issues for African Americans
Death is the poignant end of life for all human beings. As a group, African Americans face this reality on a daily basis. Through the legacy of slavery, segregation, and discrimination, African Americans have developed a perspective on death that is unique to this racial/ethnic group. Views about the end of life are further influenced by the current reality of black-on-black homicide, epidemics of violence in urban areas where many African Americans live, high rates of death from chronic disease, and limited access to health care for segments of this population.
Because the current African American population is a heterogeneous group, one cannot make a definitive characterization of death for every member ...