Module 6 - Supporting the patient and family
Supporting the patient and family
Chapter 2: Respecting and responding to cultural practice and traditions
Examples of cultural, religious and spiritual needs
My culture says
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These are some examples of the diversity of expression you may observe:
- Presence of extended family and friends.
- Visit by spiritual or religious leader for prayers or other rituals.
- Positioning of patient.
- Washing, dressing and shrouding of body by members of the cultural or religious group.
- Arrangements for burial within a short time frame.
- Reluctance or refusal to move body on a designated holy day or for a prescribed period time.
- Use of traditional medicines or visits from traditional healers.
- No crying over or touching the body for fear of holding the person back.
- Loud wailing.
- Presence of family with the body until it’s moved by the funeral director.
- Reciting of creeds or reading of sacred texts.