Category Archives: Cultural Perspectives

China’s Clown Doctors Bring Joy to Children’s Hospitals

China's healthcare system embraces an unusual Swiss program

Over the past 20 years, Switzerland’s clown doctors have made their way to six of China’s top hospitals. And no, this isn’t a bad joke about the Swiss healthcare system. These “doctors” are literally clowns. They wear bright red foam noses, … Continue reading

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The Sad, Green Burial of Pilgrims in 1620

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, SevenPonds shares a post from the Merry Burial Blog

For this month’s cultural perspectives post,  SevenPonds shares an article from the Connecticut Green Burial Ground’s Merry Burial Blog. Written by Glenn Alan Cheney, the author of Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims’ First Year in America, it is the sad but true … Continue reading

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What to Expect at Mormon Funeral Services

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints say goodbye to their dead

The Mormon Church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was founded in the 1830s by Joseph Smith Jr. Smith claimed that he had translated a third testament to the Bible. He called this book … Continue reading

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Funeral and Burial Practices in Liberia

Even during the Ebola outbreak, Liberians insisted on proper burials for their loved ones

Honoring loved ones who have died is very important for the Liberian people. Though there are many regions in Liberia that have differing customs, there are certain beliefs and practices that are employed by many Liberians across the West African … Continue reading

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The Traditions and Customs of Catholic Funeral Mass

What to expect from a mass and which traditions you should follow

When I worked as a hospice social worker, the care team often attended the funerals of clients who had died. I saw many ceremonies that were beautiful and meaningful, but the one that touched me most was the Catholic funeral … Continue reading

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The Mystery and Magic of Haitian Vodou Funeral Rites

Ensuring the survival of the spirit

According to The Guardian, Haitians have a saying that Haiti is 70 percent Catholic, 30 percent Protestant, and 100 percent Vodou. Vodou, or Voodoo as many call it, is a combination of Catholicism, other forms of Christianity, several African religions … Continue reading

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