Dying is a social as well as physiological phenomenon. Each society characterizes and, consequently, treats death and dying in its own individual ways—ways that differ markedly. These particular patterns of death and dying engender modal cultural responses, and such institutionalized behavior has familiar, economical, educational, religious, and political implications. The Handbook of Death and Dying takes stock of the vast literature in the field.
Chapter 71: Death and Community Responses: Comfort, Community, and Culture
The last decade of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st century witnessed a number of large-scale traumatic events that caused communities to come together in an effort to understand the events and to find ways to return the social order to a state of normalcy. Events such as the death of Princess Diana, the shootings at Columbine High School, and the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, caused communities from the local to the global level ...