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Talking About Death in America: An Anthropologist’s View — Dying & Death Talk

In the North America, death, dying, and end of life are not popular topics for conversations. Most people avoid it. Most people are afraid of it. It is a topic that people find something else to talk about…

Why? We cannot avoid death unless you know something I do not. It is a part of the life cycle.

This article is about an anthropologist who designed a course at Brandeis University titled: “Anthropology of Death and Dying.” We need more universities to offer courses like this. Start young, teach them about the history and traditions of death and dying and people will not be so afraid.

 

Courtesy of Undark.org | By Anita Hannig | Originally Published 10.19.2017 | Posted 10.23.2017 In order to break the silence that shapes contemporary American attitudes toward death, we must explore our own relationship to it. BACK IN FEBRUARY, on a chilly, windy afternoon in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a group of college students and I stood face-to-face […]

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