On the Fear of Death

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"On The Fear Of Death"

The title "On The Fear Of Death," caught my eye as I was skimming the text for a story. After some thought, I concluded that the word "death" means more to me than most of my peers. I grew up as the daughter of a hard working man, one with an uncommon occupation. My father is a mortician. "On The Fear Of Death" intrigued me because many adopt such a negative view of death. Kubler-Ross takes the concept of death and embraces it, perhaps allowing her to ease her own fear of mortality. She eloquently expresses her views, emotions, and feelings regarding death and dying. Humans cannot conceive peaceful death, instead most imagine themselves suffering before they pass. Kubler-Ross nicely expresses that "death in its
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I find it almost unbelievable how a marriage can remain rocky for years, but when one faces the death of a spouse the overwhelming grief will engulf their every thought. While discussing "On The Fear Of Death" with my father, Kenny Godwin, he stated "if one does not grieve and mourn, they will never truly let go of a lost loved one. Years later one's mind may be littered with thoughts of anger and discontent." Kubler-Ross does a wonderful job of explaining how one must not feel shameful due to feelings of grief and sorrow. She writes, "It is well to remember that it is not up to us to judge such feelings as bad or shameful but to understand their true meaning and origin as something very human." Throughout life we, as humans, are forced to deal with many aspects of death, whether it be losing a loved one, consoling a friend who has, or facing our own death. Kubler-Ross offers a substantial amount of information to help her readers cope with the wide ranging topics regarding death. In "On The Fear Of Death" she shows great compassion while expressing that humans are not machines, but delicate and vibrant beings. We should treat ourselves and each other accordingly.

Works Cited

Godwin, Kenny, Mortician, Telephone Conversation, January 27, 2002.

Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth, The Norton Reader, W.W. Norton&Company,Inc. New

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