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Grief and Loss in the Indian Culture and Hindu Religion

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  1. Grief and Loss in the Indian Culture and Hindu Religion By: Britney Faulkner

  2. Interview • Interview with a 26 year old girl who is from the Indian Culture group and the Hindu religion. • Discussion of life in America compared to extended family living in India. • Discussion of some basics of the Hindu faith

  3. Illness and Medical CareHealth and Healing • Thoughts on illness • Medical Care and acceptance • Treatment • Denial • Thoughts on terminal illness

  4. Euthanasia and Suicide • Differing viewpoints on Euthanasia • Doing a good deed, fulfilling moral obligation • Disturbing the time cycle of death, affected by Karma • Prayopavesa-fasting • Thoughts on killing (euthanasia, murder, suicide)

  5. Death and the Process of Dying • Death rites and rituals • Teravih-ceremony • Place of Death • Cremation

  6. The Afterlife and Spiritual Beliefs • Death is not an end • Reincarnations • Moksha • Travel to the next level of existence

  7. Practice, Customs, and Rituals Following a death • Vigil as death approaches • Mantra is chanted, no embalmment or organ donation • Homa fire ritual • Preparing the body • Cremation • Ritual impurity • Bone-gathering ceremony • First memorial • 31st-day memorial • One year memorial • Funeral rites can be simple or complex depending on the customs, means, and ability of the family. • Rites will vary in the Western countries

  8. Cultural “norms” regarding Grief • It is not a “norm” to have extensive grieving • What this does to the body or soul • It is the “norm” to be prepared for death and not to fear death

  9. Societal and Historical issues • Hinduism in the Western cultural

  10. Current literature discussing common issues and concerns • Journal articles • Internet resources

  11. Works Cited Educational Broadcasting Corporation. (2007). Hindu healing. Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, retrieved April 12th, 2011 from http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week1125/feature.html. Laugani, P. (2006). Religious rites and rituals in death and bereavement: An Indian experience. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 44(1), 7-13. Whitman, S.M. (2007). Pain and suffering as viewed by the Hindu religion. The journal of Pain, 8(8), 607-613.