This chapter explores the implications of class and poverty in relation to loss, with a particular focus on death-related losses. Western cultural traditions present death as the ‘great leveller’. Underpinning this belief is the view that biologically we share the same inevitable encounter with death and leave this life as we came, with just what we were born with. However, this commonly held assumption is challenged with the depth of growing evidence that people’s experiences of dying, death and grieving are unique and diverse. The experience of death will be affected by differences such as gender, culture, race, sexual orientation, age and class (see Desai and Bevan, Chapter 4 in this volume). Although the major focus here is on death and dying, the analysis also has implications for a wider range of losses.
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