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Grieving the loss of a loved one, friend or colleague is an important process--one that can be made unnecessarily awkward if you're not familiar with the religious traditions in which the grieving takes place, and end up feeling uncertain about how to behave. You want to be sure that you know what to do and what to expect. There's no need to enter an unfamiliar atmosphere unprepared. This book helps to solve these mysteries and many more, telling you everything you need to know to avoid embarrassment, express your condolences in an appropriate way, and do the right thing in a difficult situation.
In today's pluralistic culture it is increasingly common to be called upon to offer condolences to or attend the funeral of a relative, friend, or colleague whose faith practices are unfamiliar to us. This unique guide provides the solution for such sometimes awkward situations. Covers all the major (and many minor) denominations and religions found in North America -- from Hindu to Presbyterian, Mennonite to Sikh -- based on information obtained directly from each.