Death (Mourning) in a community
‘Sorry Business’ is the time after
the death of someone who is from the Community.2
As with many cultures and communities around the
world, death in a community is respected in different ways.
Indigenous Australia is made up of many groups, tribes and clans that share
similar protocols for the period of mourning for a deceased Aboriginal person,
referred to as ‘Sorry Business’.
There may be some local and regional differences between Aboriginal
communities for the period of mourning, although broadly speaking it is common
courtesy and respectful to not mention the name of the deceased, to not show
photographic images of a deceased person unless agreed to by the relevant
family, and to vacate the place where a person has died.3