Insights on Aboriginal Grief Practices from the Northern Territory, Australia

McGrath, Pam, Fox-Young, Stephanie and Phillips, Emma (2008) Insights on Aboriginal Grief Practices from the Northern Territory, Australia. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 14 3: 48-57. doi:10.1071/PY08036


Author McGrath, Pam
Fox-Young, Stephanie
Phillips, Emma
Title Insights on Aboriginal Grief Practices from the Northern Territory, Australia
Journal name Australian Journal of Primary Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-7527
Publication date 2008-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/PY08036
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 14
Issue 3
Start page 48
End page 57
Total pages 10
Place of publication Bendigo, Vic., Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes
Abstract The rich data drawn from a study to develop an innovative model for Indigenous palliative care are presented to help address the paucity of authentic Indigenous voices describing their grief practices. Interviews with patients, carers, Aboriginal health care workers, health care workers and interpreters were conducted in four geographical areas of the Northern Territory in Australia. Insights and descriptions of the cultural processes and beliefs that follow the death of an Aboriginal person led to the identification of a number of key themes. These included: the emotional pain of grief; traditionalist ways of dealing with grief; the importance of viewing the body; the sharing of grief among large family and community networks, with crying, wailing, ceremonial singing, telling stories and dealing with blame all playing a part in the bereavement processes. Ways for Westerners to offer assistance in culturally sensitive ways were also identified by the participants, and are reported here to enable health workers to begin to understand and respond appropriately to traditionalist ways of experiencing and reacting to grief.
Keyword Grief
Bereavement
Aboriginal
Indigenous
palliative care
culture
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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