Our cultures, ethnicities and faiths may differ but End-of-Life is something we will all experience. As part of our eBook series, Passare shares guidance to help you explore and understand how different cultures observe and honor End-of-Life.
You Will Learn About:
- What is Cultural Diversity?
- The Importance of Cultural Diversity
- Cultural Diversity at End-of-Life
- How Different Cultures Manage End-of-Life Services
- Talking About Cultural Diversity with Loved Ones
This eBook includes:
A. Frequent Questions About Cultural Diversity at End-of-Life
B. Culturally Diverse End-of-Life Customs
What is Cultural Diversity?
To understand cultural diversity, it’s important to recognize how culture and ethnicity create diversity. Culture refers to a particular group’s values, beliefs and customs. Ethnicity refers to one’s self-identified group. That group may include sub-groups of people that share common beliefs and values, or racial, national, tribal, religious, linguistic, political or social backgrounds. Age, gender, socioeconomic class, geographical location and physical appearance also influence the experiences and backgrounds of individuals and groups. So cultural diversity is the existence of a variety of cultural or ethnic groups within a society.
The Importance of Cultural Diversity
Cultural diversity is important because it affects everyone. Each of us “identifies with” or belongs to multiple classifications or groups of people that influence the way we view the world around us. This includes how we view life and End-of-Life.
Cultural connoisseur and author Stephen R. Covey said, “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” Diversity provides an opportunity for each of us to be aware of those things that set us apart. Diversity allows us to understand and accept others for who they are and how they view the full scope of life experiences, including how they approach and honor End-of-Life. For example, Buddhist and Catholic faiths differ greatly in their observances, practices and End-of-Life events. Yet a practicing Buddhist may want to comfort a grieving Catholic friend or co-worker and attend final services for their deceased loved one. Gaining insight into Catholic rituals would naturally help bridge the cultural and religious differences.