1. ) Explain how the answers to the self-inventories in the text concerning facts, attitudes, beliefs and feelings about death reflect our societal understanding or lack of understanding of death. I think that the self- inventory question reflected on both our understanding and lack of understanding about death related topics. Some of the answers to the questions on the inventory I knew without look at the answers, but some of the answers actually surprised me. The question about the death certificate was one of the questions that actually surprised me.

I assumed before I did the inventory that every death certificate had a specific cause of death that was given on the certificate. Another answer that surprised me was that measles kill more people in third world countries than AIDS. The inventory actually made you think about all aspects of death. Differentiate between attitudes, experiences, beliefs, and feelings about death related topics. Attitudes refer to our action tendencies.

Beliefs refer to our relatively stable and broad interpretations of the world and our place in it. Feelings provide us with qualitative information on our total sense of being. Experiences are the things that we go through in life that help form our attitudes, beliefs, and feelings. Each one is important in developing, but each one is also different.

Attitude is how we react, or maybe it is the way we do not react. Your attitude can change every five minutes. Beliefs are the things that help us know who we are your beliefs do not change like your attitude. Most people feel more passionate about their beliefs. Our feelings let us know hurt, and happens.

Our feelings help us develop our beliefs and attitude. Give an example of how your own experiences may have impacted upon your feelings and beliefs about death. When my grandmother died I felt terrible, I had never felt that way before. It is hard to explain the way I actually felt. I remember that I stayed to myself most of the time.

I never wanted to hear anyone else talking about it or talking about her. Eventually I realized that that was how they were grieving, by talking about her and never letting her go in their hearts. I still do not like to talk about her death, but I will not get upset if I her anyone else talking about it. My beliefs about death I am not to sure about yet. There are so many things that are not known about death and dying so I really do not know if I really have any beliefs about death or not. I feel that when it is your time to go, you are going.

That's really the only belief that I have about death. Explain how level of death anxiety may be impacted by gender, age and mental health. Death anxiety in gender, women tend to have higher death anxiety scores than men on self-report scales. This does not mean that women get excited over everything it's just that men usually tend not to show any emotional feelings about an emotional situation. Death anxiety in age, death anxiety is higher in adolescents and early adulthood. Then it decreases as we settle in life and by the time we get old anxiety gets higher again, by the time you reach seventy your anxiety will go back down.

By this time in life you start looking forward to death. Most of your friends maybe dead already, your parents, siblings, and spouse by this time may already be deceased so in a way you have embraced death at this point. Death anxiety in mental health and illness, death anxiety is higher in people with diagnosed psychiatric conditions. Selective attention is when you have so much going on and you get distracted. You are not trying to avoid anything your mind is just on somewhere else. Selective response is when a person has thoughts about death but they choose who they want to talk to about it.

Compartmentalizing is when you realize and understand that he is in a life-threatening situation and choose to respond to some aspects of the illness. Deception is when someone deliberately lies or with hold information about dying. Resistance is when someone is in a dangerous situation but refuses to give in to it. Denial is when you are against or resist recognizing death-laden reality. Each one differs from the other in the way an individual choose to handle the situation. In everyone of these situations the person knows to some degree what's going on they may choose to handle the situation in different ways this is what makes the situation different.

Give your personal opinion concerning whether you believe a person's experiences with death impact upon their feelings and beliefs and explain. Yes I think a person impact with death do impact their feelings and beliefs about death. If someone has a near death experience they may have stronger feelings towards someone that has not had such an experience. Once they go through this experience they have came closer to accepting death.

Everyone that I have heard of talking about near death has seen lights and it was not a terrible event. Most people talk about how beautiful things were and the bright lights. So yes if someone goes through an experience like that it will impact his or her feeling and beliefs of death. 2. ) Compare and contrast different biomedical approaches to the definition of death; in traditional determination of death some of the common signs for death is lack of respiration, pulse, and heartbeat you cannot respond to stimuli such as light, movement, and pain. "Ways of being dead", in this way technology has come a long way it is possible to maintain the body, but in a non-responsive way.

A person like this would remind you of a vegetable. Their heartbeat would continue, respiratory system continues to exchange gases, and reflex responses. With traditional determination you have no pulse or heartbeat, you cannot respond to light, movement, or stimuli. Being dead is basically living like a vegetable for a part of your life unlike traditional determination your heart continues to beat. Whole brain death is the irreversible destruction of all neural structures within the intracranial cavity. Cerebral death is the destruction of both hemispheres, but it does not include the lower center in the cerebellum and brain stem.

Neocortical death is the destruction of neural tissue in the cerebral cortex. Neocortical is considered the most highly differentiated cell, because it is important for intellect. I think I agree mostly with traditional determination, because you have no pulse or heartbeat. You do not respond to any light, movement, or pain in this state. In this state you are not showing invisible forms of life. I think that is why I agree more with this one, because without heartbeat, movement, a pulse you are dead.

Enfeebled life is basically the belief that when someone dies and is gradually submerged into an underworld. Continuation is when people believe that life is the same after you die. In continuation people also believe that you can die again and eventually be reborn as another person or animal. Perpetual development is the belief that the universe is not completely determined, everything is in a route to make something else of itself.

Waiting is when you believe that you go through a waiting period once you die. This waiting period has three different phases; you began with a period of suspended animation this is a sleep like state. Then you have a day of judgment, then you (your soul) either is sent to heaven or hell. Cycling and recycling is simple death comes and go, winding in and out of life. Nothing is just that, you believe that death is the final cessation of life process. I think I agree more with the waiting interpretation.

I believe that everyone has a judgment day and when this day come we will spend eternity in heaven or you will be cast into the fires of hell. I think we all will be judged on the sum of our life. The great leveler is a way of separating people into groups in life sex, race, and class could separate you. The great validator is basically a way of measuring a person wealth after they are dead. Basically the way you plan the funeral shows how the person may have been valued in life. Death Unites/ Separates is can be seen as a way to be rejoined with our loved ones that has died before us or it could be a way to separate you from any form of companionship.

The ultimate problem or the ultimate solution is basically dealing with issues like wars and the lives taken in these fights, is there another way or is this the ultimate decision. The ultimate meaningless event is events that happen for no apparent reason, someone who decided to fire a gun through a crowded parking lot and hit someone. I agree mostly with death unites/ separates, I believe that death does rejoin us with all of our loved ones that passed away before us. It may sound corny but I think that my grandmother and my uncles are watching over my family, and when one of us dies they will be the first people we see ready to great us with open arms. 3. ) A world without death, first of all would be way over crowded.

Then we would have to come up with ways to produce more food. We would not know what privacy is, with so many people in the world everyone would be invading others space. Of course it would be wonderful if no one ever died, your family reunions would be huge instead of lasting one weekend a reunion would last a week. Although you would have the pleasure of knowing that your family would be around forever. You must also realize that prejudice would live forever if no one ever died. History has taught us that some of our ancestors were full of hate.

Hatred is something that is taught so if you never died you would be building a fire for hatred. Unemployment would be ridiculously high. Although it hurts when we lose someone we love, it is a necessary part of life. After all if we did not die how would we take our place in heaven to be with God? The functions of the death system; are warning and predictions this is an alarm that happens to warn a community of danger. The second function of death system is, caring for the dying.

This is exactly what it says caring for the dying, giving someone comfort that does not have much longer. Disposing of the dead is basically what it says also, when someone dies you must do something with the body. You may choose to cremate, or have a funeral service for your loved one. Disposing of the dead is how we pay our last respects to the person that died. Social Consolidation after death is helping loved ones continue to be a competent member of society after they have lost the one they love.

Making sense of death, this is when we try to make sense of death and explain it. Lastly we have killings, there are all different types of killing such as capital punishment, then there is the killing of animals for there skin or for food, then you have careless acts of violence. These functions are necessary because overall they help us cope with death and the dying process. From the time someone becomes and having someone to take care of him or her until you have to make arrangements to bury them, you are going through a healing process to me. With out these functions we would not know how to cope with the entire dying process. I think people would eventually go crazy if they had no way of dealing with grief.

Changing ways of life and death is the way society has dealt with different types of life threatening illnesses in the past and the deadly illnesses we are dealing with today. Life expectancy rates today are much higher than those of the past. Women life expectancy rate is several years higher than males. This is do to better medical conditions, better technology in our society today. In the early 1900 the leading cause to death was pneumonia, influenza, and tuberculosis. In the 1940 s heart disease became the leading cause of death in the United States and have remained there.

In the future in the United States contagious disease will be at the top of the list. Tuberculosis is expected to make a come back do to situations like HIV/AIDS. I think changes are occurring in the death system because time and experiences changes everything. As technology has developed in the United States we have seen a decrease in many illnesses due do cures, and vaccines to some illness. I think changes are positive, we do not have a cure to HIV now but as long as things continue to change and technology continues to grow a cure will come soon.