posted on Jul, 19 2011 @ 02:58 AM
i'm confused by what you mean by "from people of this generation"; i'm very used to generations being identified by the social mores of the times.
the 50's had the rebel-without-a-clue types, bobbysoxers and greasers; the 60's had the beatniks, hippies, yippies etcetera. more currently
generations have been identified by trendy labels culled from popular literature, music and movies. "Gen X", "Gen Y", etcetera.
i have not found that society represses the subject of death, rather quite the opposite. there are quite a lot of killings and deaths portrayed on
television and in movies on a daily basis. newspapers report obituaries and TV news notes the passing of well-known people.
there is also the popularity of several layers of culture in modern American society that is very death related. vampire type movies have been enjoyed
by many for the longest time, but over the past 10 or 15 years there has been a few TV shows knocking ratings out of the ballpark that are death,
undead and walking dead related. i may be wrong but i think the 'Goth' crowd is a little into the playing dead scene as well.
my family had to deal with an unexpected death less than three weeks ago. while i was surprised at the unexpected news, my grief was limited. my
sister-in-law was a really good person, and i had no doubts that she had gone to great rewards due to my personal religious beliefs. last December a
favorite BIL passed on. i knew he was ill but none of us were told he was terminal. i was shattered. because i prefer to be left the hell alone when i
am sick, i do the same for others. knowing how my sister views grieving people ( she feels the cliche bit about those who weep in sorrow are feeling
guilty or selfish ) added to my misery at the viewing. she knew her husband was terminally ill. they are a totally religious Bible-based family. none
of them shed at tear that i saw; they knew their Husband / Father was with God in Heaven. the viewing was too much for me to bear; my BIL was a great
guy and was always so kind to me. i couldn't go to the burial or the get-together afterwards.
so there are two examples of how i deal with death. summed up: not very well. i've had a huge amount of relatives and friends pass on over the years,
i'm an old so-and-so. each loss reminds me of past loss. i'm a sensitive person. that does not fit in well with our society, or with my emotionally
vacant bitch of a wife. too bad. when someone i loves dies, i shed tears.
as far as transition, i think this varies with different people who will respond according to their personal beliefs or lack thereof. mine are based
on the religion of my choice.
death is an unhappy subject. common sense tells us this is why people don't dwell upon it. life is for the living. we all know it's coming, it's
the cycle of life.
there is nothing to fear. IMHO, we are eternal. we in a large part are energy, and energy never ceases, it merely transforms shape. i welcome my own
death, i'm ready and fine with going. like i wrote, i'm an old sock. i've seen way more than i want to see. with the horror of what takes place
around the planet 24 hrs a day I'm surprised people don't suicide in great numbers daily.