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Perceptions of Death
A look at the perceptions of death and dying in various societies.
# 35254 | 900 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 24, 2003 in Sociology (General)

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This paper examines the different perceptions towards death and the dying in different cultures and societies, including American society, the Jewish religion, the Niagara region and Palestinian society. The paper asserts that it is critical to pay attention to cultural meanings of the experiences, cultural definitions of health, illness and death, and the impact these meanings and definitions have on individual and group behaviors. The paper also discusses how to address children's concerns and perceptions of death.

From the Paper:

"Death is often, the most traumatic, and only among those losses, which impact a person in a very personal and meaningful way. People's experience of loss is greatly affected by age, stage of development and the significance of that person or event to their world. People see death from a very early age (Ludman, 2001) as part of the natural life cycle. Whether they see a wilted flower, a crumbled leaf or a dead bird, by the time a child experiences a more painful loss, he has typically begun to formulate some concept of death. When this loss is expected and we have time to prepare our children, while still experiencing the loss, they have ample opportunity to work it through. Be it a move to a new classroom or a death of very elderly relative, children are amazing in their ability to move on. However, for those losses that hit much closer to home and are more sudden, unexpected or violent, the very thought of never having their loved one with them again can be devastating."

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