Grieving is a very individual and personalized experience. It is influenced and shaped, not just by who or what we are grieving, but rather by our very essence of who we are, and how we’ve lived our lives.
All that we experience creates within us what is referred to as ‘personal culture.’ With the incredible diversity of people that span our world, and the progressive domains with which diversity is defined today, we can no longer put people in categorical boxes with how they grieve, and/or how they are supported in their bereavement. The approach to grief needs to be aligned with the uniqueness of every individual, an engagement known as the Culturally Humble approach.
In this talk we explored:
- What is Cultural Humility?
- How does it infuse our grieving and state of bereavement?
- By what means is it based on personal culture?
- Where has ‘Cultural Competence’ failed?
Rami Shami has been serving within Hospice Palliative Care for over three decades. He feels privileged to practice as a consultant as well as Case Manager for the Second Mile Club at Kensington Health, and the Multicultural Outreach Coordinator for Lighthouse for Grieving Children. While harvesting a conviction that everyone should have access to quality Hospice Palliative Care, Rami strongly advocates and supports the development and growth of programs and services for those travelling the journey of a life-limiting illness, their caregivers, and those who are bereaved.