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Nancy McFadden M.A.
Reflections on Death and Dying --page 1--
To begin, it is necessary to pause for a moment and reflect on one's own
attitude in relation to death and dying. Undoubtedly, we are programmed to
accept the 'passing' of others as natural. Yet, even then, when death
'threatens' us personally, or anyone for whom we hold great affection, the
emotional component comes into play and the objective 'death' becomes a very
real and intense experience.
This presentation is intended to address the concept of death on three
separate, yet connecting levels.
First of all, the inevitability of death, although intellectually known,
meets with resistance and constant denial. Discussion will begin there.
Secondly, 'types' of denial and resistance in relation to typical thoughts
and actions by the dying and the 'survivor, will be addressed.
Thirdly, 'planning', both the need for and methods of, will be the natural
progression. The intent in this place, will be to incorporate benefits to
both Self, and others.
In summation, the object is to present an expanded awareness that offers new
opportunities for addressing one's life and death with reason, dignity,
compassion and a personal power that belies a seemingly 'helpless' position.
Naturally, we resist death. We literally live to live. Stories abound to
confirm our will and supernatural striving to overcome dying. Often, in
fact, we create a desire to live that prods our unconscious mind to develop
thoughts and strategies that stretch any previous intelligence, strength,
tenacity and healing power ever before experienced or imagined by us.
Furthermore, don't we get excited whenever we hear of, or personally observe
miraculous remissions, returns from the brink of death, supernatural
strengths and heroisms that challenge the human mind? Such experiences
retold, awaken in most a sense that death can be circumvented, foiled or at
the least, postponed by our willingness and determination to live, despite
so called insurmountable odds.
All this, despite the reality, clear and simple - despite the date or
circumstance, there is no other way out of this world. Death is conferred
upon us as powerfully and unarguably, as life.
Why then, do the majority persist in avoiding its inevitability and refuse
to confront, during life, the end?
It seems that resistance is commonplace, particularly in the Western
Hemisphere and most especially North America. For the most part we resist
talking about it, generally refuse to plan for it, and quite
regularly avoid any conversations on the topic that refer to the burial
process. It is as if by not confronting and discussing it we can somehow
avoid the experience.
Death --page 1 2
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