Why are Americans are Uncomfortable with Death?
In America today, many regard the term ‘death’ politically incorrect. Instead, other euphemistic phrases like ‘passing way’, ‘no longer with us’, ‘joined eternity’, and ‘in a better place’ among others apply better when someone dies. It is rare that people say someone is dead. This is attributable to common culture and religion which asserts that when someone dies, their spirit leaves the body to another place, to some heaven and to others reincarnation. It is still debatable how death occurs, what it really is, and the process that leads to it. Nonetheless, one thing is clear; most Americans are uncomfortable with death (Leming and Dickinson 63). The course of this paper is to discuss why most Americans are uncomfortable with death and the virtues and values that cause the discomfort.