ERIC Number: ED457457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
A Profile of Bereavement Supports in African American Church Congregations.
Moore, Penelope J.; Hazell, LaVone V.; Honeyghan, Edna M.
Bereavement educators, counselors, clergy, and other specialists have observed that African Americans tend to under-utilize end-of-life palliative care services and general bereavement resources. The literature suggests that involving clergy in outreach to the African American community may be a viable strategy for developing bereavement supports. This paper looks at seven questions that can facilitate the process of engaging care and shares insights from a minister, two bereavement counselors, and two educators who are involved in church-based ministries with African Americans. The questions include: (1) what types of services are available in African American churches; (2) who can provide bereavement services; (3) when should they be offered; (4) where can they be provided; (5) how can they be instituted; (6) why is the church an important provider; and (7) what can a provider expect when taking on bereavement services. It suggests that it is important for counselors to develop skills to supplement and support the bereavement needs of the African American church as it seeks to broaden death and dying services to the community. (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (23rd, Toronto, Canada, March 28-April 1, 2001).