in polite adult conversation, death remains a taboo subject
fit only for religious leaders officiating at a funeral,
or by heads of state honoring the fallen with quotes
about death in the abstract.
many, death occasionally becomes personal only when we attend
service for a friend or loved one, or become responsible
for hospice care for a
friend or family member.
we'll rage against a system that Mother Nature has devised
as unfair, leaving us angry and confused, but mostly
speechless and uncomprehending.
Or we may just accept the fact that death is the end of a natural
cycle and, closer to home, something over which we simply have no control.
Of course, whether we admit it or not, most of us fear the "malady
for which there is no cure," cryogenics
Besides a practical cure for overpopulation, many philosophers
agree that the journey from birth to death are the bookends
between which we write our life stories.
the end, death becomes the final "period" to our
life sentence that motivates us to at least try to do good,
and which gives our lives real meaning.
and fame are fleeting, but the legacy we leave behind can only be
the fond memories of our cherished existence by those closest
The right to die
taking personal responsibility over our own deaths has caused
controversy as other voices give rise to a growing popularity
One of the thorniest issues facing 21st century law and medicine,
the right to die movement poses ethical questions about control
over the various methods of dying now at our disposal, and
when or where they may be used.
is dying in God's hands? Or is it the medical establishment,
the legal system or a personal decision each of us
should have a right to make?
More about death and dying around the Web:
Around the Web, learn more about what others say about the meaning
of life, death and dying along with practical tips and advice
on funeral planning, coping
with grief, resources for finding hospice
care for the terminally ill, and more on the current controversy
and the right to die movement:
- A complete overview including a history of attitudes toward
death from ancient times to the present, with more on the
biological process of death and dying with signs, symptoms
and causes, suggested reading list, related references and
And Dying - An extensive guide to death from Mental
Health.net covering the emotional, physical and financial
aspects of death including how to prepare, symptoms of grief,
and funeral etiquette, FAQ, helpful community forum, suggested
reading and related news and resources.
& Grief Resources - A Belief.net archive including
stories and essays on Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other
philosophies and religious teachings, plus tips on dealing
with grief and emotional healing, euthanasia, funeral services,
and related topics.
Coping with End of Life Issues - A complete library of feature stories
on coping with fears, grieving and loss, caring for a dying
family member or loved one, how to's and tips for talking
with a dying person, biblical and religious teachings on the
afterlife, dealing with the loss of a pet, and related discussions
on death in literature, the movies and pop culture.