Death and bereavement are experiences common to most of us and few go through life without experiencing the death of someone close. Each situation is unique and how we respond to such a death is very individual. How we cope with bereavement is dependent upon many things, including our previous experience, our individual vulnerability and aspects of our lifestyle such as our religion, beliefs and culture.
People living in Gypsy & Traveller communities are no exception, our information sheet on bereavement and grief in Gypsy & Traveller families has been written to help increase understanding of the factors facing gypsies and traveller families following the death of someone close.
The resources below offer insights into different cultures and beliefs and may be of help to those supporting families of different faiths who are facing or have had a bereavement within their family.
Caring for Dying People of Different Faiths
Author: Julia Neuberger
Now in its third edition this book covers the practical and ethical issues surrounding caring for people with different faiths. It outlines the various cultures of Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist faiths, which are of relevance to health and healthcare, and gives practical advice on providing care in a culturally appropriate manner. Considerably expanded and now including a new chapter on Humanism, it will be essential reading for all healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses and other hospital and hospice staff treating people with different faiths.
Palliative Care for South Asians: Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs: A Practical Guide
Author: Rashid Gatrad, Erica Brown and Aziz Sheikh
This book aims to describe the needs of palliative care patients from South Asia minority ethnic and faith traditions. Chapters include: Understanding diversity in context, Palliative care needs of South Asians – similarities and differences; Muslims; Hindus; Language of religious symbolism.