American Attitudes Towards Death and Dying. Dusana Rybarova Psyc 456 July 2007. From Visible to Invisible Death. Visible death Death recognized and orchestrated by the dying person, preparing for dying
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‘Our North American death system, … is the result of our limited exposure, which is a result of our high life expectancy, … but in many ways, our life is no different from that of the peasant in the 14th century. The peasant missed a fully human life because he or she was inundated with death. We do not live fully because we reject death.
‘the death-education movement has been a major force in broadening our grasp of the phenomenology of illness, in helping humanize medical relationships and health care, and in advancing the rights of the dying… Furthermore, it is contributing to reconstituting the integrity of our splintered wholeness…sensitizing us to our common humanity… I believe that how we regard and how treat the dying and survivors are prime indications of a civilization’s intention and target… In emphasizing awareness of death, we sharpen and intensify our appreciation of the uniqueness and preciousness of life.’
From Herman Feifel’s Distinguished Professional Contribution Award address at the 1988 annual convention of the American Psychological Association