D&D 2 - Evan Devine Death and Dying 1-28-08 What happens...

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Death and Dying 1-28-08 What happens when someone dies? A nationally televised extravagant funeral with the whole world grieving, or simply a toss into a ditch? Both have been seen, but the majority of deaths are followed by some type of departure ceremony and grieving. The effect and response to the death of a human is partly influenced by the circumstances and previous attitudes towards that person. The traditional (Euro-American) way is to have a proper funeral and burial in a graveyard paired with mourning and dwelling on the absence of the departed. But in many world cultures, the death of a friend or member of a community is followed by celebrating the person’s life through dance, song, and festivities. Does the positive celebration make it easier to cope with the loss? Grieving and coping with death is one of the most complicated things to deal with, but with death being a constant of life, we have seen many different situations occur. History has shown that death and its effects are an integral part of events that change history. Whether its one person or one thousand people, coping and reacting to the loss is what we feel like we have to do. The way
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This essay was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course SOCA 223 taught by Professor N during the Spring '08 term at WVU.

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D&D 2 - Evan Devine Death and Dying 1-28-08 What happens...

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