Death and Dying Essay

1110 Words May 7th, 2007 5 Pages
On Death and Dying By Elisabeth Kubler-Ross For my book review, I read On Death and Dying, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Dr. Kubler-Ross was the first person in her field to discuss the topic of death. Before 1969, death was considered a taboo. On Death and Dying is one of the most important psychological studies of the late twentieth century. The work grew out of her famous interdisciplinary seminar on death, life, and transition. In this paper, I give a comprehensive book review as well as integrate topics learned in class with Dr. Kubler-Ross' work. Like Piaget's look at developmental stages in children, there are also stages a person experiences on the journey toward death. These five stages are denial/isolation, anger, bargaining, …show more content…
Life is either more concerned with materialistic values or of a greater faith in ourselves and in the Lord above. Some may not believe in God or a Creator, and perhaps they may not experience this stage in the game because there is no one to bargain with. The hands of time may be an atheist's threshold. When people experience death, it is only natural to feel depressed. To make others endure the medical burdens and other forms of grief prepare the person for the final separation from this world. Kubler-Ross sees depression as an initial reactive depression and then moving to a preparatory depression. The second one is an expression of the family member's needs in particular and less verbal than the first type. I agreed with one of the chaplain's in the interview which states, …hard work isn't going to resolve the kind of conflicts that life has created at this point. We either choose to let the depression consume us, or we decide to accept death. To resolve most conflicts in our lives when we are dying is when we are able to accept the inevitable. The ability to come at peace with one's situation is important not just in terms of dying but also in other issues in society. I learned from this section that we need to live one day at a time and quit planning our activities - we have today, but we may not have tomorrow. On Death and Dying is written in a documentary style since Dr. Kubler-Ross analyzes her work through a qualitative

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