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Dr. Christina Hibbert Dealing With Grief: The 5 Stages of Grief Dealing with grief is no easy task. As someone well-acquainted with death and loss, I know firsthand. Dealing with loss, grief or an emotional crisis Times of emotional crisis and upset often involve some kind of loss. For example, the loss of a loved one, or the end of a marriage or relationship. Most people grieve when they lose something or someone important to them.

Grief and Loss Resources The Center for Complicated Grief seeks to improve the lives of people with complicated grief through a comprehensive program of outreach, education, training, and research. The Centers activities focus on four key areas:Raising awareness of CG in the general population so that individuals suffering with prolonged, complicated grief, as well as their family and friends, will recognize the condition and learn where to find help.Working to disseminate CG-related assessment and therapeutic tools to practicing clinicians such as grief counselors and health professionals.Developing curricula for graduate, post-masters and post-doctoral education of mental health professionals.Fostering innovative research to continuously improve complicated grief treatment and treatment dissemination. The Center is committed to training mental health clinicians to administer and teach complicated grief treatment. - 15-Jan-2015 - Hits: 268 - Rate This | Details

Catholic Ritual at the Time of Death Throughout the Church’s history, Christian burial has been an integral part of Catholic life. Catholic dogmas and doctrines relating to death and resurrection have been reflected in the liturgy, devotions and customs surrounding the death and burial of the faithful. Catholic belief in death as the entrance into eternity, hope in the resurrection, recognition of the value of prayer for the deceased, reverence for the body which remains, a sense of the mystery and sacredness which surround death — all of these should be reflected in the ministry and rites that are part of the Church’s pastoral response to death, the care of the body of the deceased and the consolation of the living. Christian belief in the sacredness of human life, here and in the world to come, must be reflected in the Christian response to death. When possible, those who were part of the Catholic community are buried in a Catholic cemetery.

Rites of Transition: Hindu Death Rituals - Beliefnet Excerpted with permission of Hinduism Today. For a fuller exploration of issues surrounding Hinduism and death, read the full article. Hindu death rituals in all traditions follow a fairly uniform pattern drawn from the Vedas, with variations according to sect, region, caste and family tradition. Most rites are fulfilled by the family, all of whom participate, including the children, who need not be shielded from the death. Certain rites are traditionally performed by a priest but may also be performed by the family if no priest is available. Traditions and Customs When death occurs, there are many Jewish traditions, customs and rituals that individuals use as a guide and follow relating to the caring and preparation of the body pre-burial, the actual burial and service at the cemetery, along with the weeklong mourning period (or "shiva") that follows. Most notably, Judaism's structured period of mourning, which contains various stages for grieving, is considered extremely helpful, because each stage focuses on honoring and commemorating those who are gone, yet it gives appropriate time and ways to grieve and cope with loss. Death is one of the most challenging and conflicting subjects encountered by anyone.

Islamic Rituals for the Dying and Deceased This is part of our Diverse Expression of Grief series, written by Hilary Dockray. This article is intended as an educational piece to share other cultures’ beliefs around death, grief, and the afterlife. By examining other cultures throughout our history, we can see how our current-day thoughts surrounding death and grief may have been shaped and gain insight into our current understanding of these matters. Basic Elements of Islam The Buddhist Society: Buddhist Funerals Buddhism originated in North West India some 2,500 years ago, with the enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama, who became known as the Buddha (the Awakened One). His teaching, or Dharma, then spread from its Indian home throughout Asia, and Buddhist civilisations were established in China, Tibet, Japan and East Asia generally. Many Buddhists in the UK come from families with ethnic links to one of these traditional Buddhist countries (e.g.

Death and Dying - Magazine Web Edition > January/February/March 2007 The Hindu view of the grand departure and it's sacred rites of passage "Lead me from darkness to light, from death to immortality." This famed Vedic prayer proclaims the human urge to survive, to conquer death and to know the joys of illuminated consciousness. People often pilgrimage to an isolated place in expectation of a vision, be it a jungle of fauna and foliage or cement and glass.

Aboriginal Culture - Aboriginal Religion and Ceremony Aboriginal Religion Aboriginal Ceremony. Aboriginal religion, like many other religions, is characterised by having a god or gods who created people and the surrounding environment during a particular creation period at the beginning of time. Aboriginal people are very religious and spiritual, but rather than praying to a single god they cannot see, each group generally believes in a number of different deities, whose image is often depicted in some tangible, recognisable form. mourning-ceremonies It is believed that when a person dies, their spirit goes back to the Dreaming Ancestors in the land if the correct ceremonies rituals are conducted. Special dances and wailing songs are seen and heard in times of death or mourning periods. The beliefs associated with death are different from language group to language group. Therefore ceremonies associated with death also vary from language group to language group. In some places it was believe that a person's spirit merged with their Ancestral Beings or the sacred or totemic site associated with them.

Life, Death and Mourning Life In Judaism, life is valued above almost all else. The Talmud notes that all people are descended from a single person, thus taking a single life is like destroying an entire world, and saving a single life is like saving an entire world. Of the 613 commandments, only the prohibitions against murder, idolatry, incest and adultery are so important that they cannot be violated to save a life. Judaism not only permits, but often requires a person to violate the commandments if necessary to save a life. A person who is extremely ill, for example, or a woman in labor, is not permitted to fast on Yom Kippur, because fasting at such a time would endanger the person's life.