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Death Awareness

According to Leming and Dickinson, “Death happens 55 million times each year throughout the world and 2.3 million times annually in the United States.  Of the tens of billions of people that have ever existed, everyone born before 1880 has died, and nearly everyone currently alive today will perish in this century.” 

Now that’s startling!  But here’s the thought provoking question, what events are related to the “thanatology movement” that will help change our awareness of dying and death?

And how are you going to bring about an open discussion and awareness of those behaviors and emotions related to dying, death, and bereavement with family, fictive kin, friends and others.

12 Responses to Death Awareness

  • Gisele Carrillo says:

    People may not think much about death but they are clearly aware of it. Sometimes we think that death only happens to others but not to ourselves. I belive that God himself doesn’t want us us to be scared.

    • Gisele, I believe you are correct! God doesn’t want us to be scared of death. For He conquered it at Calvary! Besides, the fact, that death for the believer in the eyes of God is sweet. He takes pleasure in it because we are coming home.

  • gcarrillo says:

    People today may not think much about death but they are clearly aware of it. Death becomes something that happens to others but not to us, at least not for a very long time. It is a subject that can be thought about tomorrow without spoiling today. Death is related with beliefs and traditions of the humanities. We do not know what comes after death but I don’t believe that deaths are followed by existence in the otherworld or reincarnation. A believe in the existence of heaven and hell. Personally, whenever I try to imagine my death. I’m not scared because I believe that when I die, I will meet God in heave. God himself doesn’t want us to be scared but feeling good and safe. Also, the turning point of human life death is a daily and natural event that God gave for us.

  • R. Mbua says:

    Recent events in my own family have brought me to a mew awareness about dying and death. I try not to sweat the small stuff. I let the people that I care about know that I love them. I show gratitude for the big and little things. I use news events and other social event to share this knowing with friends and family

  • Floyd Bronson says:

    The increase of thanatology courses and publications will have an impact on the response and awareness of death and dying. People will continue to have access to more information as time passes. “Change is evident, and death education will play as important part in changing attitudes towards death as sex education played in changing attitudes towards sex information and wider acceptance of various sexual practices (1988, p.31). Equating what individuals like Alfred Kinsy were able to accomplish with sexuality revolution gives a clear indication on how major the thanatology courses will increase the level of education we are exposed to when it comes to death and dying.

    Bordewich, F.M. (1988, February). Mortal Fears: Courses in “Death Education” Get Mixed Reviews. Atlantic Monthly, 261, 30-34

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