Bereavement Support Services
Culturally-Competent Support Services
Across all cultures, the parent-child relationship is, and has been, the most enduring and significant.12 Parents’ cultural and religious background influences their views on death, parents and families are assimilated into life in the United States, they may rely on their cultural backgrounds and traditions when a death occurs.
Culturally-appropriate bereavement care requires open and respectful communication. Such communication is difficult when there are cultural differences between the family and health care providers. The difficulty may be increased when language, religious and class differences also exist. Some areas where differences may occur include: