CYAF 160 Lecture 30: Death and Afterlife

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Child, Youth and Family Studies
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CYAF 160
Soo- Young Hong

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Death and After Life Physical Aspects of Death   • Biology of Aging and Death ◦ Cellular clock: • Limitation of the # of times the cells in your body can replicate • Hayflick limit ▪ Cells can replicate about 50 times • Telomeres ▪ The end of chromosomes (DNA) • Cell division stops when the Hayflick limit is reached and telomeres are gone • Can aging be reversed? ◦ Telomerase: an enzyme that regulates the length of telomeres ◦ Growth Hormone • During early life, body naturally produces it to help with physical development • Amount decreases as we age • Supplements can increase muscle mass and bone density • Side effects: liver damage, abnormal growth • Major Causes of Death ◦ Coronary heart disease • Heart attack-lack of blood to the heart • Lack of joy, dealing with issues of anger ◦ Cancer • Mistakes in DNA replication • Abnormal cell duplication • Deep hurt, secret, grief • Tumor: nursing old hurts and shocks, building on remorse ◦ Suicide • Taking one's own life • Depression: anger, hopelessness • In the US someone dies by suicide every 13 min. • 90% had a treatable mental disorder • Women are more likely to attempt, men are more likely to complete • White males have the highest rate: 7-% of suicide • African American females have the lowest rate • Highest rates in Western States: Montana, Alaska, Utah, Wyoming • How can you help? ▪ Don’t tackle this by yourself ▪ Recognize the warning signs • Verbal cues • Behavioral clues • Emotional clues • 1-800-272-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ◦ Hope and Healing • Open the channel of communication • Talking about suicide will not cause it to happen • Don't challenge or argue with a suicidal person • Approach people without the need to fix them • Don’t promise to keep it a secret • Don't blame yourself either. You are not responsible for another person's decision. • Depression is a label ▪ Telling yourself negative stories of yourself over and over again ▪ Old hurts, memories, guilt, sorrow ▪ I can't do this right now ▪ There is no use trying. • Soothing and bringing hope in a gentle way-- don’t force it • Upper limit -- hating everyone who is cheerful and happy • Gently help the person change his/her personal story • 5 positive thoughts to change 1 negative thought ▪ There is nothing wrong with you ▪ You are loved, loveable, and loving ▪ You are more than your mistake ▪ You are strong ▪ You are not alone • The Sociocultural Contexts of Death ◦ Where we die • In developing countries most die at home • In developed countries: medical care and hospitals ▪ 80-90% prefer to die at home, but only 20% do • Inadequate medical care and equipment at home • Increased chance of loneliness ◦ End of Life Care • Hospice Care ▪ Addresses needs of individuals within 6 months to live ▪ Provide physical, emotional, social, and spiritual counseling ▪ Alternative to hospital care, commonly takes place at home ▪ More positive
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