Addressing Cultural Issues in Grief Counseling With Immigrants: The Case of a Bereaved Filipino Family Following Homicide

Ioanna Giannopoulou, Paraskevi Bitsakou, Eleftheria Ralli, Fedon Chatzis, Danai Papadatou


This article discusses cultural considerations and approaches to working with bereaved immigrants who cope with traumatic loss. A clinical case is used to elaborate on issues related to cultural identity, level of acculturation as well as religious beliefs and rituals among Filipinos living in Greece. Considerations for clinicians, who provide services to culturally diverse families that experience traumatic deaths, are discussed.


bereavement; homicide, Filipino family; spirituality; traumatic grief