ERIC Number: EJ721465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Reference Count: 34
The Experience of Chinese Bereaved Persons: A Preliminary Study of Meaning Making and Continuing Bonds
Chan, Cecilia L. W.; Chow, Amy Y. M.; Ho, Samuel M. Y.; Tsui, Yenny K. Y.; Tin, Agnes F.; Koo, Brenda W. K.; Koo, Elaine W. K.
Death Studies, v29 n10 p923-947 Dec 2005
This study explores the bereavement process of Chinese persons in Hong Kong, with the focus on how they make meaning of the death as well as how they maintain a bond with the deceased. A review of video- and audiotapes of 52 bereaved persons in bereavement counseling pointed to how these concepts are reflected in key themes that appeared throughout these interviews. The way this bereaved population found meaning in the death was reflected in how they understood the cause of death, their observations at the death moment, their understanding of the life of the deceased after the death, the life of the bereaved after the death, and the burial and mourning rituals that were followed. The continuing bond the bereaved felt with the deceased was experienced by the bereaved as either initiated by the deceased, for example by the deceased appearing in dreams or initiated by the bereaved themselves in their talking with the deceased. These 2 aspects of the bereavement process seem to be similar to those found in other societies, but the ways in which they were manifested were unique to the Chinese culture. Based on these findings, the authors conclude with implications for intervention with this bereaved population.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Asian Culture, Death, Grief, Counseling, Interviews, Cultural Traits, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong