Last Words

Last Words

Approaches to Death in New Zealand's Cultures and Faiths

Death is part of all our lives – yet we often find it difficult to discuss, and we know little about how it is dealt with in other cultures. Last Words is designed in part for those dealing directly with death, looking at how to understand grief, and providing practical details on how to deal with inquests, coroners and burials. But it will also interest the general reader seeking to understand different perspectives – especially those of Māori – on death and dying.

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Joris de Bres
Papaarangi Reid
Margot Schwass
Paul Morris
Haami Piripi
Sharon Clair
Paratene Ngata
Tricia Irvine

Table of contents

Facing death – can we die well?
Tikanga Māori – Māori perspectives
Death, dying and grief – Paratene Ngata
Contemporary perspectives – Papaarangi Reid, Haami Piripi, Sharon Clair
Migrant communities in New Zealand – Margot Schwass
On cultures and faiths:

African; Anglican; Brethren; Buddhists; Catholics; Chinese; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons); Cook Islands; Fijian; Filipino; Former Yugoslavia; Indian; Iranian; Iraqi; Japanese; Jehovah’s Witnesses; Jewish; Korean; Latin American; Methodists; Muslim; Non-Religious; Niuean; Orthodox; Presbyterians; Ratana; Ringatu; Samoan; Sri Lankan; Tokelauan; Tongan; Tuvaluan

Understanding grief – Tricia Irvine

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2018
Pages: 198
RRP: $34.99
ISBN: 9781877242342
ISTC: A0220120000211D2
DOI: 10.7810/9781877242342

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'For all of us, this book is a valuable resource for dealing with death and dying, and for living with cultural diversity in New Zealand.' Joris de Bres, Race Relations Commissioner

Read Abby Letteri's review in New Zealand Books.