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

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interview
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
illness and medical care health and healing
Illness and Medical CareHealth and Healing
  • Thoughts on illness
  • Medical Care and acceptance
  • Treatment
  • Denial
  • Thoughts on terminal illness
euthanasia and suicide
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)
death and the process of dying
Death and the Process of Dying
  • Death rites and rituals
  • Teravih-ceremony
  • Place of Death
  • Cremation
the afterlife and spiritual beliefs
The Afterlife and Spiritual Beliefs
  • Death is not an end
  • Reincarnations
  • Moksha
  • Travel to the next level of existence
practice customs and rituals following a death
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
cultural norms regarding grief
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
societal and historical issues
Societal and Historical issues
  • Hinduism in the Western cultural
works cited
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.