Chapter 13: Death and After-life Beliefs Reflection Paper

Among the various death causes, heart disease and cancer are among the top. Whenever a friend or family member dies, we often start the bereavement process with denial and anger (not coming to terms with the loss). People grieve differently. I believe it is caused by several factors, such as the type of death, the relationship, or even religion. If an elderly dies, family members and loved ones tend to grieve for a relatively shorter period than it would be for a child’s death. Nonetheless, these experiences impact our lives significantly.

The lecture content has such crucial information about grieving. Understanding the phases of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) could help understand how to deal with grieving colleagues and friends. It also offers insight into cultural believes and religious practices surrounding death and after-life. In the modern world, we often socialize with people from different backgrounds. Thus, death and after-life topics can be sensitive to some people. Understanding these differences could help me converse appropriately with people from diverse backgrounds while discussing these topics.

The hospice approach to the care of the dying is relevant to me because the elderly rarely have adequate physical support from the increasingly working young generation. As a result, specialized care from a professional, particularly in the last months of living, is necessary. About 40 percent of deaths in the U.S. involve hospice care makes topics. Subsequently, euthanasia and advanced directives topics become critical. Understanding these options and decisions regarding the end of life is very important. I have seen many elderly individuals in my community going through difficulties while sick because those supposed to provide care and support are either working or unwilling to offer such support.

The chapter content has increased my awareness of the care demand among the bereaved and terminally ill individuals. Understanding their critical mental status could help everyone offer more support instead of leaving the burden to the health care system or hospices. I would have liked to learn the contributions of social workers to terminally ill individuals beyond professional duties.

My interest is to learn more about the underlying causes of suicidal deaths in the U.S. among the youths and the elderly and whether we can attribute these causes to religion or different background variables. The rate of deaths associated with suicide is increasing now and then, and we need to understand more about it to find a long-lasting solution.