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A comparison of attitudes about cremation among Black and White middle-aged and older adults

TitleA comparison of attitudes about cremation among Black and White middle-aged and older adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsGlass, AP, Samuel, LF
JournalJ Gerontol Soc WorkJ Gerontol Soc Work
Volume54
Pagination372-89
Date PublishedMay
ISBN Number1540-4048 (Electronic)<br/>0163-4372 (Linking)
Accession Number21547828
KeywordsAdvance Directives, African Americans/ psychology, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Attitude, Cremation, European Continental Ancestry Group/ psychology, Female, Georgia, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male
AbstractSocial workers must be instrumental in educating elders and their families to make informed decisions about death and dying. As part of a larger qualitative study, we explored attitudes about cremation of 25 older and 25 middle-aged adults, evenly split between Black and White respondents. Major themes emerged about disposition of the body after death. Costs and land conservation influenced support for cremation; reasons against cremation include religious beliefs, lack of closure, and sense of place. Additionally, some respondents were against cremation primarily because of lack of exposure, as it was not their family tradition, suggesting a role for education.
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