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The concept of human grief has been of interest to scholars and practitioners for many years However, there are many aspects of grief about which little is known One of these is the role that cultural heritage plays in influencing the individual, intrapersonal experience of grief Through the use of six focus groups, each consisting of persons from a specific cultural background, the investigator explored the concept of grief The data were thematically analysed and the findings then compared to the findings from a previous concept analysis of grief drawn from professional literature The findings indicated that individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds whose knowledge of grief was derived primarily from their personal experiences defined grief in much the same way as had the authors of the professional literature Most importantly, the findings also clearly indicated that although cultural differences are perceived to exist in mourning rituals, traditions and behavioural expressions of grief, there are no particular differences in the individual, intrapersonal experience of grief that can be attributed to cultural heritage or ethnicity alone Implications for future research and considerations for practising nurses as they pertain to the highly individual and pervasive nature of grief are presented