Date of Graduation

Spring 2015

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Social Work

Research Sponsor

Elizabeth Kennedy

First Reader

Jina Sang

Second Reader

Toni Bisconti


The death of a loved one is an inevitable and unavoidable phase of life that everyone must experience. A variety of thoughts and feelings follow the death a close friend or relative. It is crucial to address the thoughts and feelings associated with the death so that individuals can grief in a healthy manner. Those living in South Africa are most likely going to experience the death of a loved one since South Africa has such a high mortality rate. Through a qualitative study, this paper explores the death system and culture in South Africa. In addition, the organizations and support for those who experience a loss in the United States are explored. In a cross-cultural examination, the American version of a grief camp is examined to address the grief needs of South Africa. A grief camp provides grief support for children in a non-traditional group setting, allowing children to be themselves and share about the loss of their loved one. It has been found that a grief camp is a viable option to assist in the process of grieving in South Arica.