African American Grief (Death, Dying and Bereavement) by Paul C. Rosenblatt

By Paul C. Rosenblatt

African American Grief is a special contribution to the sphere, either as a qualified source for counselors, therapists, social staff, clergy, and nurses, and as a reference quantity for thanatologists, lecturers, and researchers. This paintings considers the aptitude results of slavery, racism, and white lack of know-how and oppression at the African American event and perception of loss of life and grief in the United States. in accordance with interviews with 26 African-Americans who've confronted the loss of life of an important individual of their lives, the authors rfile, describe, and study key phenomena of the original African-American event of grief. The ebook combines relocating narratives from the interviewees with sound examine, research, and theoretical dialogue of vital concerns in thanatology in addition to issues equivalent to the effect of the African-American church, gospel song, family members grief, clinical racism as a reason for dying, and discrimination in the course of existence and after dying.

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They told me that he had leukemia. . Beverly: Do you think that what happened at the hospital with him had anything to do with discrimination? Jo-Ellen: I think it did. . I think it had a lot to do with me being a welfare mother. I think definitely the emergency rooms did, because there is no way, there is no way that as lethargic as my child was that they should have sent him home. There is not. And it’s sad to say that I had to have went to the extremes that I did, as a young mother, not even yet a legal adult, to leave my child in a hospital emergency room and run the risk of going to jail, literally.

Perhaps the definitive analysis of the medical racism is from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (Smedley et al, 2003). It reviews an enormous number of studies showing that whites on the average receive better medical care for a wide range of health problems—coronary vascular problems, HIV infections, diabetes, end-stage renal disease, pediatric care, mental health care, rehabilitative services, and so on. , 2003, p. 6). So it is not surprising that one version of medical racism that interviewees talked about was that a family member was given minimal or token care, rather than extensive and careful examination and state-of-the-art treatment.

With a death that did not have to happen when it did and in the way it did, the pain of grief was very intense and included feelings of anger and rage. Franklin: He had had a confrontation with his commanding officer (cr ying). . The guy made these comments. [My stepfather] then . . ” Which is that military request for, “Let’s forget about rank now. We can take these chevrons off my sleeves, and we can take . . that bird off your shoulder,” because it was a full bird colonel. “And I’ll tell you about black folks, and what you’re calling ‘spooks’” and some of those other terms that they use, which I’m still not going to use, the ‘n’ word.

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