Death And Dying In America

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I have come to the United States to study their culture related to the end of life and how the American people celebrate or deal with death. The first thing that I observed was what happens when a person dies. In this case when a person dies is classified when the heart and other major organs have stopped. When a person dies the person does not have any senses, emotions, the body itself have clinically stop working. My observation shown that when a person dies, the family is in great suffering for the loss of their significant other. It leaves the loved one with great pain and with the realization that their loved one is gone forever. In this culture, most people usually die at hospitals or at hospice. This usually happens because most people…show more content…
Since the United States is a developed country I wanted to see if their death rates compared to other developed countries. While doing this research, I came across a book title, “Death and Dying in America” by Fontana and Keene. The book provided with a chart of life expectancy for the overall US population and in 2004 the average age for women was 80.4 and for men it was 75.2 (Fontana and Keene). Knowing this facts I decided to find if these numbers were correct. In general most Americans do die from old age, but there are some cases where accidents occurred on younger people. Therefore, it all depends on the cause of death to determine the age of the…show more content…
By looking as an outsider’s perspective you are able to look at our culture a little bit different because I am able to look at the difference perspective as a foreigner. This reflexive thought encourage the sociological imagination by letting me observe our culture in a way that I have never seen before. As an American we tend to think that our culture is perfect and that we do not do anything out of the ordinary. But when you are asked to look as an outsider’s perspective you are able to notice things that foreigners are able to see. This reflexive advance the sociological imagination by letting me see our own culture in a different way. Death and dying is socially constructed in the United States because like I mentioned before it all depends on your class status. I mentioned that if you are upper class, you have the resources to better health care, better hospitals and doctors that can help you live longer or even provide with better care. Those who have the money are able to afford hospice for their loved ones. The hospice is a great example of socially constructed because not everyone can afford this luxury of dying in a place that feels like home. On the other hand, if you are lower class you tend to not seek medical attention because of the lack of income. Lower class almost never receive regular checkups and might also not receive the same health providers as the

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