Essay on A Wise Man Once Voiced : Don 't Be Afraid Of Death

815 Words Apr 14th, 2016 4 Pages
A wise man once voiced “Don’t be afraid of death, be afraid of an unlived life.” Validating this statement with reasoning as a society that gives things meaning we should communicate on death more instead of keeping the topic hidden. I say this because with the gift of life, comes the certainty of death. Caitlin Doughty a Mortician and author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory, uses humour through her work to comfort and educate the reader us (reader) on becoming more comfortable on what happens after death. Doughty believes we (humans) should be more intimate with the process of not only dying, but also with dead bodies. She brings up the history of caring for the dead and explains how families back then took care of the dead bodies. By keeping the lifeless individual in the home, they would wash and shroud the body of their loved ones. Once they completed the process they buried it in the cemetery. On the other hand, today we have professionals who take that process for example funeral homes.

According to statistics the U.S Funeral Services is a $20 billion Industry and growing. I like to call this the Death Corporation of America, which involves embalming (preserving the dead body using chemicals) and the taken of the body away. This honestly freaked me out, because if I die my body could be an asset to this industry as a return on profit. I don’t know how I feel about this. What also captured my attention was how people filled with riches…

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