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Chapter 15 Death and Dying
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Death-Denying Society Dozens of euphemisms for dying terms Funeral arrangements with open caskets give the illusion of sleep, not death Depictions of death in cartoons, television & movies are unrealistic and desensitized In 19 th century, death was a family and home- centered event, not involving funeral parlors or hospitals, and no life-extending medical procedures. Now 85% of deaths occur in hospitals or nursing homes.
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Fear of Death Those who are most afraid of death tend to be middle-aged, not elderly adults. Elders may have greater experience with death, feel that they have achieved their life goals, and see the relief from chronic pain in death. Those who do fear death tend to dread being in long, slow painful decline and dying alone and helpless.
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Traditional beliefs that include heaven or life after death predict reduced fears of death. Strength of beliefs are more important than rates of church attendance. Talking about death can be practical,
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