Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 283–309

Cross-cultural aspects of bereavement. I: A conceptual framework for comparative analysis

  • Maurice Eisenbruch

DOI: 10.1007/BF00055172

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Eisenbruch, M. Cult Med Psych (1984) 8: 283. doi:10.1007/BF00055172


This paper reviews some key conceptual questions in the study of cross-cultural aspects of bereavement. Six questions are reviewed in cross-cultural perspective: whether individuals in all societies share the same private experience and public expression of grief; whether the stages of grief occur in the same sequence and at the same rate in all cultures; the nature of the relationship between the individual's private grief and his public mourning; the reactions of children to death, and the reactions of adults to the death of children; the role of religious belief; and the possibility that an ethnic group can experience collective grief in response to uprooting.

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maurice Eisenbruch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social Medicine and Health PolicyHarvard Medical SchoolBoston
  2. 2.Department of Child and Family PsychiatryRoyal Children's HospitalParkville, MelbourneAustralia