Anishinabek Spirituality: Traversing Grief and Loss

By Jason Brent Ellis and Gregory G. Garske.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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This research was an interpretive study that sought to understand how Anishinabek individuals work through death and loss within the context of culture and spirituality. Multicultural counselling is discussed in the “tangential way in which issues of diversity and multiculturalism are addressed” (Parham, 1995, p. xi) within the counselling forum. Observing that “racial identity is susceptible to the influence of religion and spirituality because these influence individual belief systems” (Choney, Berryhill-Paapke, and Robbins, 1995, p. 76), mental health professionals may ameliorate services by becoming aware of different ways individuals, within Anishinabek culture, conceptualize death and work through grief.

Keywords: Death, Loss, Spirituality, First Nations, Indigenous, Native, Cognitive Assimilation Strategies

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.229-236. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 567.238KB).

Dr. Jason Brent Ellis

Instructor, Division of Intervention Services, Ashland University, USA

Jason Ellis is an assistant professor at Ashland University where his instructional area is education and technology. His research includes such topics as assistive technology use by students with disabilities in higher education and ways of leveling the digital divide through grass-roots community approaches. His current interest in technology use in higher education focuses on destigmatizing disabilities on college campuses through the incorporation of curricular interventions.

Dr. Gregory G. Garske

School of Intervention Services, Bowling Green State University, USA

He holds a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology and a MA in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MSW from Florida State University. Research interests include human service worker job satisfaction, psychiatric rehabilitation, and adjustment to disability. He held national positions, such as serving as President of the National Rehabilitation Counseling Association, membership on the President's Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities, and service as a Commissioner on the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. Dr. Garske also serves on several rehabilitation journals.


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