Hope in Death

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Juliet B. Dimayuga

Professor Terri Warmbrand

8 October 2014

English 101-013

Hope in Death

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, On the Fear of Death, embraces the concept of death, dying and how the people around them deal with the process of grief. She provides the first glimpse of how the people in our society often believe that children cannot understand death and their lack of capacity to grieve. Because of this misconception, coupled with confusion and anxiety in communicating with children about death, children are often told that the dead parent has simply "gone away" trying to shield them from death and then deprives their ability to grieve and ultimately heal.

Losing a parent through death is one of the most traumatic experiences that a child could ever had. A little girl who just loss her brother heard this man saying, "God loved that little boy so much that He took little Johnny to heaven" (Ross 147).

A motive to comfort a child from the loss worsens the feeling of her grief and leads anger to God; and grew up living a resentful life. It then results in a psychotic depression. In addition, it will then become a source of emotional and mental problems. The children could either be as propelled as they could be, but all of these will suddenly surpassed by every individual that had come to believe that there is a solution in every given dilemma.

According to Kubler-Ross, those who learned to know death, rather than to fear and fight it, become our teachers about life and bring hope as they become our greatest teachers. In a society viewed as taboo, discussion of death is morbid and children are excluded the presumption and pretext that it would be "too much" for them. They are...