Death Rituals and Spirituality

Mourning in Rural Japan

Death is a universal experience faced by all cultures. In this module, we will explore an article written by Jeffrey Irish, in which he described death rituals in rural Japan. After reading this article, in a 2 to 3 page paper, please discuss the following:

1. What aspects of the Japanese death rituals did you find more unusual?
2. What beliefs about death seem to be “universal” among the Japanese?
3. What comparisons can be made between Japanese mourning rituals and mourning rituals in your own culture?
How will this information impact your health care practice?






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