Attitudes Towards Death and Bereavement

Cultural Attitudes Towards Dying , Death, and Bereavement
Marla Lendor
Sociology 304
Rhonda Travland
April 14, 2012

Cultural Differences towards Dying, Death, and Bereavement
This paper will describe cultural differences towards dying, death, and bereavement.   Death is a very sad subject in the U.S., but this is not true in many other cultures.   Places like Bosnia and Africa where violence is so prevalent and brutal fatalities are a daily occurrence, they don’t see death as we do.   Death in some country is considered a badge of honor when one gives their life for their country.   Human emotions is a cultural universe between all cultures and but not all cultures mourn or fear death in the same way as those in the west.   In fact in some countries death is so wide spread that the people there pretty much expect these deaths to occur because so many are dying around them.  
Citizens of some cultures give their life freely for their country and many of them have known their whole lives that they may someday have to do so.   Children are often used as bait because the culture knows that Americans can be easily tricked by the face of an innocent child. (Aiken, L ( 2011)   These people don’t fear death because they are raised in a culture that teaches them not to.   Also they have become so used to seeing death that they don’t see it as an unusual thing.   When it comes to bereavement in these cultures, yes they miss their love ones as any other culture would, but they don’t focus on the loss, but on the victory.
When it comes to dying, death and bereavement across the globe, opinions can vary greatly.   In my opinion, it is only in the west that people really fear death and I think it is because of our lavish living, we are afraid to leave it and we fear the beyond because we really know little about it.   Its fear of the unknown verses a familiar lifestyle.  
Some cultural celebrate death, not because they want their love ones to die, but because death...