One Culture Haunts while Another Consoles: Differing Responses to the Deceased

  • Patricia Pearson, MSc

Abstract

The shift in the calendar from October to November demarcates a striking difference in how cultures interact with their dead. Halloween is a flashy parade of ghosts, with spooky stories, ghoulish masks and then a comforting pile of candy. We file through haunted houses, watch horror films, don disguises, and in myriad ways remind ourselves that the dead are scary Others to be shunned and shivered at.

Author Biography

Patricia Pearson, MSc

Patricia Pearson, MSc, is a journalist, and the author of six books that have been translated into a dozen languages. Her most recent book, Opening Heaven’s Door: What the Dying May be Trying to Tell Us About Where They’re Going, investigates meaning-making at the end of life. She guest-lectures at the University of Toronto, and runs workshops on storytelling and grief. 

Published
2017-11-02
How to Cite
PEARSON, Patricia. One Culture Haunts while Another Consoles: Differing Responses to the Deceased. Threshold: Journal of Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 2, p. 21-24, nov. 2017. ISSN 2575-2510. Available at: <http://tjics.org/index.php/TJICS/article/view/10>. Date accessed: 19 feb. 2018.