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Death preparation of Chinese rural elders

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In this qualitative study, we explored how Chinese rural elders narrate death-related issues and death preparation. Adopting a phenomenological approach, we interviewed 14 participants regarding the particular actions they employ to prepare for death. The findings revealed a death preparation system for rural Chinese elders that is instrumental in how they converse about death, wish for a good death, make objects and symbols, and anticipate an afterlife as a worshiped ancestor rather than a wandering ghost. Family and family honor provide the context for death preparation. We discuss implications and the need for the death preparation education of younger generations.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, University of Macau, Taipa, Macau, China;

Publication date: April 21, 2019

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