The Wastefulness of Death.docx

These factors combined make many americans reluctant

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These factors combined make many Americans reluctant to leave the comforts of what they have known and experienced for the deaths of their close family members, as a grieving person will be more susceptible to spend more money on the funeral of their loved one through manipulation by funeral directors (or, more accurately, funeral sellers), because of familiarity, and because of ignorance of the many environmentally friendly options that are available to them. Works Cited Bernstein, Andrew. Modern Passings. University of Hawaii Press, 2006. Harris, Mark. Grave Matters. Scribner, 2007. Doughty, Caitlin. “‘Just How Bad Is Traditional Burial?".” The Order of the Good Death, 7 Nov. 2012. Palus, Shannon. “How to Be Eco-Friendly When You're Dead.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 30 Oct. 2014.
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Reflection I found I had a lot more trouble writing this paper than the previous one, even though I found the material to be much more interesting. I think part of the reason I struggled so much more with this paper was that I was always aware that I am using information from many other sources to make my argument, and began to lose my point in the argument of the other authors. This made me have to write and re-write the entire paper from the very beginning in the course of a few days. I also found that I began to struggle with making my point clear within all of the information I was trying to use. I learned that I had to use only the most important pieces of information very sparingly, so that I could later take the time to talk about why these pieces of
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information were important as well. When writing the final draft of my essay, I really began to regret that I hadn’t been able to make it to conference times to get some more feedback on my essay, but took the time that I had to discuss my paper with some of the other students that were waiting in the CSP lobby. They were very helpful and offered a lot of criticism on what parts of my paper needed more development and how to focus on answering my main, overarching question, and I feel like I now have a much firmer grasp on my essay topic.
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  • Fall '09
  • DeCourcy
  • Cemetery, Funeral, Professor Andrew Bernstein

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