Cultural Response to End-of-Life Issues

The practices and customs surrounding death can vary depending upon culture, religion, and sometimes geographical location. For example, one family may choose immediate burial, while other cultures traditions include practices such as visitations and prayer services that can last for a number of days. There are also practices such as burial at sea, cremation, and scattering of the ashes in a variety of locations for sentimental reasons.

For this discussion, discuss the practices that surround death and dying as they relate to cultures and/or traditions that you practice, or that are of interest to you. Describe the practices, and what drives them. Support your post with materials that can provide further information for your peers.