Presentation on theme: " Every society has ceremonies for the treatment and disposal of dead bodies. Anthropologists have discovered that globally there is always some preparation."— Presentation transcript:
Every society has ceremonies for the treatment and disposal of dead bodies. Anthropologists have discovered that globally there is always some preparation of the body ( ie. Embalmed, shaved, washed, or mummified)
Ceremony follows to mourn the loss of the person and to purify the mourners. Sometimes sad and serious, while some cultures celebrate the person’s life with song and dance. See page 146 for a list of how modern funeral customs have evolved throughout the years.
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross found a cycle she believed all individuals go through when grieving the death of someone.
Phase 1 SHOCK: a feeling of numbness. Some say that life feels unreal
Phase 2 Denial: People hope that the death is not true. They may feel like it is a bad dream.
Phase 3: Anger: Once they accept that death has occurred they usually get angry. The anger may be directed at God, the doctors, medicine, another family member, at oneself.
Phase 4 Mourning: This is usually the longest lasting phase (weeks to years). It may be characterized by feelings of depression, guilt, loneliness, panic, or physical illness. Phase 5 Recovery: At some point people usually find themselves re-establishing their lives.