chapter  12
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The Social–Cultural Contexts of Loss: Considerations for Culturally Sensitive Interventions

B ereavement following the loss of a loved one is known to be universal, nor-mal, and quintessentially human. Individuals’ grief responses with their biopsychosocial components as well as culturally sanctioned responses vary tremendously. The duration and magnitude of such responses are mediated by the identity of the person who has died, the history and person of the griever, and the religious and cultural context of the bereaved.