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Mexico on Death and Dying. GERN 474 – Global Aging and Diversity Maria Claver & Casey Goeller Alma Madrid, Lisa Medrano, Kim- Anh Pham, Michelle Prado, Lorrie Russell. Death and Dying in Mexico. Total population: 76.06 years Life expectancy – Males: 73.25; Females: 79.

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mexico on death and dying

Mexico on Death and Dying

GERN 474 – Global Aging and Diversity

Maria Claver & Casey Goeller

Alma Madrid, Lisa Medrano, Kim-Anh Pham, Michelle Prado, Lorrie Russell

death and dying in mexico
Death and Dying in Mexico
  • Total population: 76.06 years
  • Life expectancy – Males: 73.25; Females: 79
death and dying in mexico3
Death and Dying in Mexico
  • Two fold event
    • Person passing
    • Dia De Los Muertos
euthanasia in mexico
Euthanasia in Mexico
  • Practices passive euthanasia instead of active.
  • Allows for terminally ill patients to refuse medication or medical support.
mexico funeral rituals
Mexico Funeral Rituals
  • Largely follow Catholic funeral rituals
  • 89% of population is Catholic after Spanish Rule
rituals consist of
Rituals Consist of . . .
  • The Vigil – considered the wake.
  • Funeral Mass – the Eucharist is celebrated.
  • The Rite of Committal – follows the Funeral Mass usually at the cemetery.
  • Burial - is usually preferred but the Church does not object to cremation.
dia de los muertos day of the dead the road to mictlan
Dia De Los Muertos – Day of the DeadThe Road to Mictlan

http://current.com/items/89014824_dia-de-los-muertos-day-of-the-dead-the-road-to-mictlan.htm

in the clip
In the Clip . . .
  • Shows very detailed descriptions regarding Day of the Dead.
  • November 1st is All Saints Day – Children return
  • November 2nd is All Souls Day – Adults return
in the clip9
In the Clip . . .
  • Very important to recognize that it is a celebration of the dead and not death.
  • Not a time for sorrow or tears … rather for celebrating, remembering & paying respect to those who have passed away.
  • Is celebrated in New Zealand, Philippines, Brazil, Mexico & United States.
notice
Notice . . .
  • Alters set up in home or at Cemetery.
  • Bright orange flowers, incense, bread to nourish, tequila, candles, angels, crosses, skeleton figures or sugar skeletons,

and pictures of the dead

are used

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Notice . . .
  • Celebration includes: music, food, dancing,
  • Mariachi and Aztec dancers perform with face painted as skulls.
in conclusion
In Conclusion…
  • Talking about death is still taboo
  • As Gerontologists we should embrace all cultures and their beliefs