Coping with bereavement of widows in the Chinese cultural context of Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-128
Journal / PublicationInternational Social Work
Issue number1
Online published24 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016


Although Hong Kong has developed into a Westernized city, many widows still feel the strong pull of cultural demands in coping with the loss of their husbands. The purpose of this study was to explore how Chinese women in Hong Kong cope with bereavement and widowhood. Results reveal that the coping methods of the 26 participants are pragmatic and culturally dependent, and can be grouped into four categories, namely, remaining lonely and stigmatized, submitting to predestination and fate, seeking a transition from feeling aggrieved to active coping, and searching for new family relationships. The implications for social work practice are discussed. © The Author(s) 2014.

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  • Bereavement, Chinese widows, conception of the family, coping with grief, Hong Kong

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