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Dying and Death: Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives. by Asa Kasher

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The responses have also indicated that a large proportion of adult children of Holocaust survivors have different perspectives on death and dying. It would seem that survivors’ possible difficulties in speaking about their traumatic losses with their children have subsequently impacted on their children’s abilities to cope with parental loss. Families of Holocaust survivors have fewer resources and less experience with issues of death and dying. It is a paradoxical irony that this group of adult children is intimately familiar with the death of so many, while the death of an elderly parent is shrouded in mystery.

Such a step of extending the sphere of mourning broadens the respect paid to the related deceased and to all those who mourn the deceased in the diffusive way. Secondly, it shows in a symbolic way that the state is of the people, on the special level of personal and collective emotions of grief and bereavement. Facing so many citizens of the state mourning the deceased, even if in a diffusive way and not a distributive one, the state joins its citizens, so to speak, embraces them, respects their emotions.

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