some of this mind bending took place at Columbine -- they had something called "death education" (I've heard about the program in other public schools) where kids visited funeral parlors and wrote their own obituaries.
As a junior in high school, our sociology class went on a field trip to a funeral home (with parental permission of course). For many of us, it was our first time in one. We didn't go to the embalming rooms or anything gross like that, but the funeral home director spoke to us about the evolution of funeral practives over the years, about reverence for the dead and the importance of family in funeral tradition. Not so bad. But yeah, writing your own obituary? That is SO sick!
To: Nathan Jr.
The problem I have with taking kids to visit a funeral home is that it should be one of the major life-cycle type events that takes place in the context of a family. Death is part of life. Once we remove life-cycle events from the family, we invite the state to own us entirely.
posted on 09/26/2002 9:14:07 AM PDT
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