Abstract · This study gives insight into the life of Krishna devotees through the counterpoint of life: death. It points out the role of the death-image, which provides explanation for not only the ultimate passage but for the nature of life as well. Through interviews made in the Krishna consciousness community I analyze with anthropological methods the dying process and the vaisnava death rituals, demonstrating the normative effect of the death-image and the importance of a guru’s mercy.
Abstract · In this study we examine the process of loss in case of the divorced and the widowed who lost their partner after a long-term disease (that had lasted at least for a month). Our purpose was to find strategies and phenomena that may help the widowed to process their losses by studying and comparing the two types of loss. We looked for the similarities and differences along depression, anxiety, somatization, subjective well-being, and the changes and differences of roles and holidays with the help of an online questionnaire. According to the analysis of the questionnaires of the 76 participants who are not under psychiatric treatment (the average age of the 32 widowed respondents is 50.77 years and that of the 44 divorced respondents is 46.67 years) there is a positive connection between the liability to anxiety and the liability to somatization. The subjective well-being increases when the somatization decreases, however, the connection between subjective well-being and the temporal distance from the trauma was not verified. It was established that the values of depression are significantly higher by the widowed than by the divorced. The divorced considered the holidays usually as positive or neutral events and the widowed considered them negative and more hopeless. The results of the study show that the ease of hard feelings related to holidays and denial can be an effective help in the process of loss by the widowed.
The continuation of the research later can enable a further study of the topic in the light of social support, struggle and factors helping the individual.