Essay about The Death Of Suicide During The Middle Ages

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In the MIDDLE AGES, people thought that suicide was caused by evil temptation and despair. Penalties were inflicted on the dead body – like dragging the body through the streets where they once lived, and hanging it. The person’s belongings were taken and Christian burial was forbidden. Sometimes, the body of a suicide was buried at a crossroads (to confuse the spirit), with a wooden stake through the chest preventing it from bothering the living. To say that the view on suicide has changed would be the understatement of the year. Since the 1930s, there have been studies and books on suicide have been written and many conferences have been held. The Voluntary
Euthanasia Society, the first right to die organization, was formed in 1935, by Lord Moynihan, Canon Dick Shepard and a group of senior doctors and clergy. Since the mid-1970s, there are 52 national Right to Die organizations in 25 countries. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in this country. One cause of Suicide is often depression; depression most often occurs when stress exceed peoples coping ability. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like anxiety, depression, and substance abuse especially when untreated, increase risk for suicide Often times people dismiss depression as a mood or a passing state of being but often times severely depressed people can’t get past it on their own…

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