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Life-Span Human Development  9th Edition

Life-Span Human Development (9th Edition)

Book Edition9th Edition
Author(s)Rider, Sigelman
PublisherCengage Learning
Section 17.1: Matter of Life and Death
Checking Mastery
Making Connections
Section 17.2: The Experience of Death
Making Connections
Section 17.3: The Infant
Checking Mastery
Making Connections
Section 17.4: The Child
Making Connections
Section 17.5: The Adolescent
Making Connections
Section 17.6: The Adult
Making Connections
Chapter 17, Section 17.1, Life and Death Attitudes, Exercise 1
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Imagine that you have terminal cancer and are told that there is no more that can be done for you and no hope of recovery. What would be your answers to the following questions? There are no right or wrong answers.


Who would you want with you and what would you want to do with your last days or weeks?

Here is a tip:

People suffering from terminally ill diseases try to utilize their time in a productive way in the presence of their loved ones.


Terminal illnesses like cancer kill a large number of people. People have different reactions when they get to know that they are terminally ill.


According to various studies, when people are informed that they only have a few months or years before they die, they prefer to spend the rest of their days with their loved ones. Their spouses, family, and friends give them emotional support as they undergo treatment. The thought of impending death could cause depression and isolation. As a result, they prefer to be with their social support group.


Although, such people are preoccupied with treatment and illness, they take part in multiple activities. Most people who face terminal illnesses try to engage in hobbies of their interest. Tasks that help them to get rid of their stress are also beneficial for them. Some people may finish tasks and goals that they wanted to finish before they die.

Sample Response

People with terminal illnesses prefer to be with their loved ones during the last stages of life. They like to spend as much time as they can with people who are close to them. They also engage in hobbies like reading, writing, and painting. For instance, some people may write down poems and letters for their loved ones so that they read it after they die.

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