How do we talk about death?

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It’s interesting to note that in many cultures, death is a relatively taboo subject. This is more or less demonstrated by the various euphamisms that we have for the term (passed away, gone to be with the Lord, etc.). As such, it was surprising when I first saw advertisments on television by the Singapore Hospices called LifeBeforeDeath promoting services for the old or the sick. What was more surprising was the fact that I saw this poster at a bus stop outside my place, with a huge “Death: a friendly guide” plastered at the top of the poster. Definitely caught my eye as it was seriously in-your-face, but I think the poster did make me think about a couple of things after I read it.

2 Comments so far

  1. Lorenzo Pacheco (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 7:44 am

    Well, I can tell you how mexicans celebrate ‘Day of the Dead’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead or http://spanish.about.com/cs/culture/a/dayofdead.htm
    =D


  2. liangcai (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 9:07 pm

    oh yes I am aware of that, and I’d love to visit Mexico someday!



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