Ways of Grieving Among Ojibwe Elders: “They’re All Around Us. They’re Always.”

Mary Kate Dennis, Karla T. Washington

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Death, grief, and loss are common experiences for many individuals who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, yet decidedly little is known about the lived experience of grieving in this population. To address this gap in the literature, researchers conducted a qualitative descriptive study exploring ways of grieving among 20 elders residing on a North American Ojibwe reservation. Findings derived via thematic analysis illustrate the variety of ways these elders respond to death: living through it, responding in Western or non-Traditional ways, drawing comfort from spirituality, and grieving as a community. Implications for culturally appropriate grief support for AI individuals and communities are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-119
Number of pages13
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • American Indians
  • Indigenous people
  • bereavement
  • death
  • grief


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