Chapter 10
Death and Grief
In This Chapter
• A death in the family
• When a co-worker dies
• Talking about faith and spirituality
• How to say the right thing
• Special issues with children
The United States is probably the most death-denying culture on earth. Indeed, to hear Americans talk about it, people don’t die at all. They code, expire, pass, pass away, pass on, leave us, go on to larger life, or go to meet God. More crassly, they bite the dust, kick the bucket, croak, or cash in their chips.
Because of amazing steps forward in pharmaceuticals, medical technology, and treatment, we often harbor the belief that all diseases can be cured and life can go on forever. And if we don’t die, we never have to talk about it.
Unfortunately, people ...

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