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... How the deceased is remembered is also culturally specific and may also include personal practices by the bereaved such as memorials and stories told about the deceased. Examples of the deceased finding peace and the disposition of the deceased beyond this life are found in philosophical and spiritual beliefs and awareness of transpersonal experiences such neardeath experiences and after-death communications (Guggenheim, 1997;San Filippo, 1998). The funeral, memorial services, and legal activities are socially, legally, culturally, and religiously, intended to recognize the death of a person and to close their existence in this life. ...
Bereavement is the process of suffering that follows the loss of a living being that is significant to someone. When one suffers, she or he has to endure an unpleasant experience, in the case of bereavement, the loss of something special to the person. This loss most often is a loved one but could also include the loss of a pet, relationship, or physical or mental capability.
Humans appear to have had awareness from their early consciousness that death was inevitable for all living things. Religions and spiritual practices throughout history have provided belief structures that support the religious and social needs of practitioners regarding death and an existence after life. Death beliefs and practices throughout history have been influenced by environmental, social, and religious and spiritual factors that guide societies’ approach to the dying, the dead, and the bereaved.
This ebook provides a brief overview of the phenomenon of near-death experiences.