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Personification of death in Ghanaian death notices.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9520558     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Analysis of content of death notices (obituaries, in memoriams, and funeral announcements) may offer some explanation of how Ghanaians express their feelings about the death of loved ones and the meanings they assign to death and dying. Analysis of 371 death notices selected from two widely read Ghanaian newspapers, the Daily Graphic and the Ghanaian Times yielded six thematic expressions about death and dying: death is personified as cold and unfeeling and described as an ongoing painful experience: the deceased is described as beloved, devoted, and valued. Death notices indicate impending restructured roles and social relationships survivors face; the image and personality of the deceased are included; and the availability and proximity of the deceased's next of kin can be inferred. The findings add to the literature on (1) cultural attitudes toward death and (2) how death is managed and feelings about death and dying are expressed.
Authors:
A O Alali; S A Adjaye
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychological reports     Volume:  82     ISSN:  0033-2941     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychol Rep     Publication Date:  1998 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-05-22     Completed Date:  1998-05-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376475     Medline TA:  Psychol Rep     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  223-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of English and Communications, California State University, Bakersfield 93311-1099. aalali@csubak.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Attitude to Death / ethnology*
Bereavement*
Ghana
Humans
Newspapers

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