Preparing for Death in American Culture

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Dorje Shedrub
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Preparing for Death in American Culture

Post by Dorje Shedrub » Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:56 pm

Here is an article I wrote years ago.

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Re: Preparing for Death in American Culture

Post by cjdevries » Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:47 pm

Thank you for your article. It was helpful.

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Re: Preparing for Death in American Culture

Post by Kim O'Hara » Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:53 pm

Dorje Shedrub wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:56 pm
Here is an article I wrote years ago.

DS

http://hub.me/ajsYx
Thanks - sensible and practical.

There's one point your younger self didn't explore, however. You noted that, "By the age of eighteen, a majority of Americans have seen thousands of deaths portrayed on television," but how many Americans have seen a dead person - let alone seen a person die - by that age? Or even by their thirties or forties?
America is a much more violent place than Australia but my own experience is not unusual here: I did not see a dead person - at all - until I was over forty. I'm sure many Americans are similarly unfamiliar with human death. And of course the unknown is scary simply because it's unknown.

As a country kid, at least I had often seen dead animals - pets, farm animals, wildlife - and had killed animals myself, so I was familiar enough with death as such. But most of the population these days is urbanised, so many young people don't even have that level of knowledge.

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