Language, Society and Culture
"Society and culture influence the words we speak and the words that we speak influence society and culture".
When a society feels certain topics are better left on the fringes, it often turns to other words (euphemisms) to make subject matters a bit more palatable.
In the United States, death, dying and grief are all topics that most do not like to bring into everyday awareness and language.
How does the death awareness language influence our experiences?
Can we be described as a death phobic society?
Do we openly speak about death in our communities?
Have you had conversations with loved ones about death wishes?
Have you explored family dynamics and discovered how they have experienced death and grieving?
How do you describe death - passed away, moved on, no longer with us?
How do you describe dying - giving up, loosing the battle, no thriving?
What if we began the journey of slow discovery to become more death aware?
Would this awareness help us to gain a better understanding?
Would we be able to speak about death without fear and anxiety?
Could we then make more informed medical and end-of-life decisions?
Reach out to learn more and become more death literate.
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