Death and Dying

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Death and Dying
How a positive attitude may help us to overcome death with dignity.

Agnieszka Schultes
North Island College ESL 090
Suzanne Schiller
June 21, 2013


1. Introduction 3
2. Definition of Death 4
3. Religious Views of Death 6
4. Psychological Assessment of Death 8
5. Face to Face with Death 10
6. Facing Death with Dignity 12
7. Conclusion 14
8. References List 15

The human understanding of death and our own mortality seems to change drastically throughout history, as well as the various cognitive and physical developments experienced by different cultures. One can only begin understanding the concept of death clearly however, if they are to encounter an experience that is somehow related with it themselves. According to Frank Rosenzweig, a very famous Jewish theologian as well as scholar, in a study he and his colleagues previously conducted, they found out that: “by the age of 65, about 50% of women and 10% of men have suffered the loss of a spouse at least once…” (as cited in Kesler, 2003, p. 54). So, based on the research given above, one may safely assume that quite a few of us will eventually witness someone dying in a very personal manner; but the real question is, do we truly understand the nature of death? And what does our society, as well as religious beliefs, say about this understanding?

Definition of Death

In various aspects, death itself is an extremely difficult term to define. Scientifically speaking, one can argue that nobody could conclusively determine what death actually is, unless the individual has gone through a related event themselves. This may causes some confusion however, since few people who've actually experienced the afterlife are around to give any insight. There are still those whom…...

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