I don’t think I consciously do this but of course the thought of my own death occurs from time to time due to being around a 90 plus year old daily!
I did some reading up on this topic and psychologists say that if a death occurs of someone close to us it can cause us to think of our own mortality. That certainly makes sense but I think just being near the elderly daily can do it too.
I wonder how nurses and doctors deal with it. Do they become immune to death? What about law enforcement?
My brother is different after retiring from the force. Geeeeez, lots of people in law enforcement end up with PTSD, just like military. Military personal see death also. I wonder which group of people are effected the most.
I know it happens to me. Death crosses my mind as a caregiver. Also, do the elderly think of death on a daily basis? My 97 year old cousin thinks of making it to a 100! Others constantly say, ‘God willing’ all the time.
Other circumstances can cause thoughts of death as well, such as waiting for important medical tests results and so forth.
Some people obsess over death. Even at a younger age. I remember doing this as a child because my parents took me to a lot of wakes and funerals as a young child and my great aunt told me the deceased person was only ‘sleeping.’
I had nightmares thinking I would end up sleeping permanently in a casket. I had brothers who adored horror films and being the only girl I was constantly outnumbered, so I ended up seeing Vincent Price films at a young age. Gosh, I still remember House of Ushers. So the nightmares continued.
The scenes in those films, hands clawing out of a casket and so forth.
Oh, let’s not forget Hitchcock films! I love Hitchcock but as a young child it was too scary.
I don’t think people understood then how to explain death to a child.
Please share your thoughts.