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Oncol Nurs Forum. 1998 Nov-Dec;25(10):1761-3.

Grieving and death rituals of Latinos.

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  • 1Department of Psychosocial Community Health at the University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES:

To describe the grieving behaviors and selected death beliefs and rituals for two Latino groups: island Puerto Ricans and Mexican immigrants.

DATA SOURCES:

Published articles, book chapters, books, government documents, and clinical experience.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

Limited scientific research exists on the grieving process and beliefs about death of Latinos. Death is seen as an extension of life in some Latino cultures, a belief that seems to assist positively in the grieving process. Rituals and ceremonies to honor the dead still are practiced in many Latino cultures and are rooted partly in their cultural heritage.

CONCLUSIONS:

Nurses caring for Latinos with cancer can provide better care with an understanding of grieving behaviors observed early in the disease process and at the time of imminent death.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Culturally competent care can be given when beliefs and values about death are understood. Allowing Latino clients to grieve and honor the dead in a culturally appropriate way will enhance the nurse/client/family relationship.

PMID:
9826843
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