| Published: September 25, 2016
Foreseeing a Need for Counselling Practices for Mortuary Workers
The subculture of mortuary workers spends much of its working hours with the dead. Society fails to acknowledge much of the psychological distress they experience, such as use of maladaptive coping mechanisms, substance use etc. Few studies have investigated mortuary workers, especially in developing nations. This exploratory study in Bengaluru, India aimed to gather and consider the perspectives of three mortuary workers, one doctor of forensic medicine and one mental health professional regarding the stresses of working with death. A thematic analysis of these interviews revealed the themes of occupational support and psychological effects of mortuary work. The unique nature of their job suggests further research is required regarding a need for counselling practices, designed to alleviate their stress.
This is an Open Access Research distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any Medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
© 2016, Mridula, K Ganesh
Received: July 12, 2016; Revision Received: August 25, 2016; Accepted: September 25, 2016
Published in Volume 03, Issue 4, July-September, 2016