M1 D1 Good death in a phobic culture
This is an opportunity for you to digest all that you have read and viewed in this module. For some of you. what you have learned may be totally new. You
may have never gotten sick yourself or had to deal with ailing or aging loved ones. You may have never experienced the death of a loved one. It may be
inconceivable for you that death can ever be embraced or planned for.
Prepare for your discussion by viewing the required videos and reading the articles by Erickson. Zitter. Byock. and Scarre. Read Jenkinson. Alecson. the
members of the Institute of Medicine and all of the authors concerned about the way we die in America- Read “The Beauty of Death” by Gibran: listen to
Laura Nyro song “And When I Die”: and view the analysis of Klimt’s “Death and Life-” This activity aligns with module outcomes 1. 2. and 4.
How is death conventionally viewed or approached in our culture? What might be the obstacles to having a “good death”? Is the view of Jenkinson or Alecson
valuable? Why or why not?
Gibran asks us to embrace death. Nyro is almost casual about her death. reminding us that when each of us dies. someone is born. Her words bring to mind
that we need to make room for the next generation. Some have viewed Klimt’s painting of death as a threat to a family. Which of these three artistic
expressions most speak to your own views of death and why?