Death and Dying American Style

Often not up close and personal

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According to the Stanford School of Medicine,” 60% of Americans die in acute care hospitals, 20% in nursing homes and only 20% at home” even though 80% would prefer to die at home.

Death in America is usually expensive, clinical, and prolonged by machines or other palliative methods. Dying alone can be very frightening.

  • 31% are somewhat afraid,
  • 27% are not very afraid,
  • 25% were not afraid,
  • and 7% said they don’t know.
  • the worry about what will happen after death such as will you be stuck in a place you do not like forever,
  • or the concern about leaving people behind that love and/or need you.
  • “30% chose a traumatic death, something that would be quick and would instantly eliminate dwelling on the fear of death while facing certain death.”
  • Kicking the bucket
  • Flatline
  • Bought the farm
  • Checked into the Horizontal Hilton
  • Croaked
  • Cashed in his/her chips
  • Bit the dust
  • Crossed over
  • Deceased
  • Six feet under
  • Expired
  • Entered the Pearly Gates
  • Got his/her wings
  • Gave up the ghost
  • Knocking on heaven’s door
  • Left the building and so on

Anything but DIED.

Not only do we not want to talk about death, we certainly don’t want to think about our own.

Sigmund Freud said, “we cannot conceive of our own death.”

The younger we are, the more difficult it is to imagine ourselves dying.

In many ways, we keep death as far away from us as possible.

Many people have never seen a dead body except at a funeral. Cemeteries are often walled and guarded.

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We must face the fact that none of us are going to get out of this life alive.

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