Courageous Conversations Series
Lesson Four: Talking About Death
QUESTIONS WORTH CONSIDERING
4. “In order to reach a point in our society where death becomes a ‘household word’ we must begin to have normal, ordinary conversations about all things related to death and dying. But this is a difficult task for most of us because we’ve never been taught to talk about death.” - Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.
5. "We live knowing that everything dies. Like the sun, it's a fact of life. And like the sun, we tend not to look right at it. Unless you've experienced a recent death, it's probably not something you discuss.” - (Death Cafes Breathe Life Into Conversations About Dying, 2013)
6.“Discussion of making of meaning in face of the apparent chaos of death would be incomplete without considering the role of rituals. Every religion, as well as every ethnic and regional culture, encompasses traditions, customs, and rituals in response to death.” - Ira Byock
7. “The denial of death should not be a surprise, and perhaps we should look at this as an opportunity. The technology that has allowed us to dislocate death and dying from the normalcy of our way of life – perhaps that technology also can offer a solution.” – Soul & Science Lesson.
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