Customs and Traditions in Times of Death and Bereavement (3rd Edition)

This booklet provides general information on bereavement & funeral customs in different religions & cultures, including: the Blackfoot Confederacy, Buddhism, China, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Eastern Orthodox, Hinduism, Hutterite, Muslim, Jehovah Witness, Judaism, Mennonite, Protestant, Roman Catholic, & Sikhism. A glossary defines a number of terms associated with bereavement & funerals.

A Taoist Orientation and Mental Health in Kuwaiti and American Students

In two studies of American & Kuwaiti students, scores on a measure of having a Taoist orientation were associated with less psychopathology on measures of anxiety, death anxiety, existential anxiety, optimism-pessimism, suicidality, & obsessive-compulsiveness. (9 refs.)

Suicide in a Cultural History Perspective, Part 3. Other Cultures

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A Buddhist Approach to Suicide Prevention

The majority of the Thai population is Buddhists and Buddhism has a great deal of influence on their mind, character, way of life, and health, particularly mental health. According to the Four Noble Truths (Cattări ariyasaccani), suicide is a form of suffering that is originated from craving (Tanhă). Therefore, human beings cannot avoid suffering by[…]

A Response to Damien Keown’s Suicide, Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: a Buddhist Perspective

For the original article by D Keown, please see SIEC #2004-0223. For a related commentary on the Keown article, please see SIEC #2004-0225

A Response to Damien Keown’s Suicide, Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: a Buddhist Perspective

For the original article by D Keown, please see SIEC #2004-0223. For a related commentary on the Keown article, please see SIEC #2004-0224.

Suicide and Brain Death: a Study of Contemporary Japanese Spirituality and Identity

This article discusses the spiritual crisis facing contemporary Japanese people. The author explores how modernization has pervaded Japanese people & how it has affected their attitude toward religion, as well as their identity in the context of history. The author then explores Japanese spirituality & the sense of self, which is characterized by the coexistence[…]

Suicide, Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: a Buddhist Perspective

For comments on this article, please see SIEC #2004-0224 & #2004-0225

The British Rule and the Practice of Sati in Gujarat

This article discusses the practice of Sati that occurred in India under British rule, with particular attention paid to the measures undertaken by the British government to end the practice.

Changing Hindu Attitudes to Cremation in the UK

Although the author’s research was carried out mainly in the United Kingdom, it has relevance in most countries in which Hindus are a minority of the population. It shows that ignoring the norms of other cultures can cause needless distress to families before & after bereavement. On the other hand, by showing sensitivity & respect[…]