Chapter 12 notes: psychological issues in advancing and terminal. However, that student was the one who died in a car accident. The principal obviously did not know who would die, he was just giving stats showing that even adolescents die mostly from careless o drunk dirving or both. Just 100 years ago, people died of tb, infectious diseases, influenza, and pneumonia but because of medical advances and preventive medical technologies these illnesses are much less widespread. Most canadians have an avg age of 80. 3, much more than the avg for most developing countries. Also, death is usually from a chronic illness and not an acute disorder so patients know what they"ll die of. Death in infancy or childhood: although, canada is one of the most developed countries, our infant mortality rate is quite high compared to other western european nations.