Cultural Differences About Death & Grief

Culture & ethnicity Spiritual & religious beliefs & practices • African American: feelings expressed openly & publicly • Chinese American: centered on ancestor worship; fear of death & avoid references to it; not display emotions • Japanese American: religion Buddhism; body prepared by close family members; cremation is common • Jewish American: afterlife; never leave…

Grief in Children & Teens

Tips to talk to children about Grief: Be Honest and Straightforward Do not use euphemisms Ex: “She’s in a better place”, She’s sleeping”, She is resting in peace” Acknowledge their presence, importance, their opinions, thoughts, and feelings. Be patient and open-minded. Allow them to grieve in their own way. Be available – Sit with the…

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