Understanding the fear of death and implications for Christian education
Understanding the fear of death and implications for Christian education / Myung B. Yoo
p. 29-49 ; 28 cm
수록자료: Journal of Christian education & information technology. Korea Society for Christian Education & Information Technology. Vol.30(2016 October), p. 29-49 30<29 ISSN 1229-9871↔ 저자: Myung B. Yoo, Baekseok University
Fear is a natural reaction to encounter with death. Dealing with fear of death is one of the most important elements for those facing death. Death fear and death anxiety are based on four concerns: (a) the death of self, (b) the deaths of significant others, (c) the process of dying, and (d) the state of being dead. Fears related to the process of dying can be further elaborated into concerns about dependency, pain, indignity, and isolation and the fear of leaving loved ones behind. Additional sources of fear include the finality of death, the fate of the body, and afterlife concerns such as divine judgment. Death education can reduce both fear of death and apprehension in individuals. Discussion of the dying process, management of pain and symptoms may remove some of the worry and uncertainty regarding dying. This paper will discuss the following: a Biblical view of death, fear of death, a developmental view of death anxiety, religion as a means to overcome death anxiety, and death education.