The World of Bereavement

Cultural Perspectives on Death in Families

  • Joanne Cacciatore
  • John DeFrain

Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jane Rose M. Njue, Dorothy Rombo, Anne N. Lutomia, Laura S. Smart, Lynn M. Mwaniki, Inviolata L. Sore
      Pages 3-23
    3. Sithandazile H. Msimanga, Lois R. Mberengwa
      Pages 41-65
  3. Asia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Shen Qin, Yan Xia
      Pages 69-80
  4. Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Theodora Kaldi-Koulikidou
      Pages 101-120
    3. Alina State Mihaela
      Pages 121-128
  5. Latin America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Rosario Esteinou
      Pages 131-145
    3. Maria-Helena P. Franco
      Pages 147-158
  6. Middle East

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
  7. North America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Francine de Montigny, Chantal Verdon, Kory McGrath
      Pages 179-208
    3. Sarah Bain, Terry Bain, Carver Bain
      Pages 209-219
    4. Chris Sharp, Amoneeta Beckstein, Gordon Limb, Zachary Bullock
      Pages 221-239
  8. Oceania

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 299-305

About this book


This visionary work explores the sensitive balance between the personal and private aspects of grief, the social and cultural variables that unite communities in bereavement, and the universal experience of loss. Its global journey takes readers into the processes of coping, ritual, and belief across established and emerging nations, indigenous cultures, and countries undergoing major upheavals, richly detailed by native scholars and practitioners. In these pages, culture itself is recognized as formed through many lenses, from the ancestral to the experiential. The human capacity to mourn, endure, and make meaning is examined in papers such as: 

  • Death, grief, and culture in Kenya: experiential strengths-based research.
  • Death and grief in Korea: the continuum of life and death.
  • To live with death: loss in Romanian culture.
  • The Brazilian ways of living, dying, and grieving.
  • Death and bereavement in Israel: Jewish, Muslim, and Christian perspectives.
  • Completing the circle of life: death and grief among Native Americans.
  • It is always normal to remember: death, grief, and culture in Australia.

The World of Bereavement will fascinate and inspire clinicians, providers, suitable for graduate courses in death and dying, family studies, social work, psychology, and nursing, and researchers in the field of death studies as well as privately-held professional training programs and the bereavement community in general.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Joanne Cacciatore
    • 1
  • John DeFrain
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social WorkArizona State UniversityPhoenixUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child, Youth, and Family StudiesUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-13944-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-13945-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0455
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-7984
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