Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
Janet M. Rives
Grief; Death--Psychological aspects;
There are two things that our society doesn't really openly discuss. Oddly enough, they are things that will affect everyone on this planet regardless of race, religion, gender, class, or nationality. I am speaking of the beginning of life, and the end of life. The subject of how life begins is for some reason "taboo" in our society. Children are told absurd things like children are brought to their parents by birds, such as a stork. Another popular tale is that children are "grown" in gardens and are discovered under leaves. The subject of sex seems to be one that we deem unsuitable for discussion under anything but the most "special" circumstances. As a result, there are a lot of misconceptions and harmful myths surrounding how life begins. I have found that stigmas also surround what this paper will concentrate on, the topic of death, often times having harmful results as well.
Date of Award
Department of Biology
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
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©1998 - David M. Gabel
Gabel, David M., "Dealing with death and the grieving process" (1998). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 70.