Cultural Responses to Loss and Grief Among Black Americans: Theory and Practice Implications for Clinicians

Death Stud. 2020 Feb 12;1-11. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2020.1725930. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

Dying, death, and grief are universal human experiences that are impacted by cultural values and beliefs. We provide service providers a context from which to consider the importance of spirituality and religiosity in the grief process and the variances in grief practices that exist within the Black community. This knowledge can serve as a catalyst for developing culturally appropriate interventions for Black people aimed at helping them to more effectively cope with grief and further enabling them to thrive rather than merely survive a sociopolitical US climate that is laden with grief producing experiences.