KHARON

Thanatology Review

Electronic Journal

Content

Volume 16

Number 3 · 2012

Original article

  MAKAI NÓRA CSILLA
MAKAI NÓRA CSILLA

makai.nora@gmail.com

Evaluation of behavioural patterns in normal grief and in complicated grief, and of support forms

Abstract · This research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to disclose what kinds of specific behaviours people see acceptable and unacceptable during grieving, as well as what forms of support they would prefer. The research also examines the impact of religiousness and of the frequent encounter with death on people’s judgements, and on the rejection and acceptance of various grieving behaviours. The results are based on international literature, and present the evaluation of grieving behaviours and possible support forms.

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DR. BÁLINT BOGA
DR. BÁLINT BOGA

belgyógyász, geriáter, klinikai onkológus főorvos

bboga_md@freemail.hu

The old man and the shadow of death

An essay

An essay is an attempt, an essay is an experiment. Something between goal and tool.
It is not the joy of perfection, but the joy of being on the road to perfection.

(Júlia Szilágyi: Can essay writting be tought?)

Maybe it is evening. Maybe twilight.
What is certain: it is late.

(János Pilinszky: Outcome)

Abstract · For the elderly - even if healthy - it becomes clear that the greater part or most of their life has already passed, so they are closer to the end of their earthly existence, to their death, than in their younger years. When one analyzes subjective experiences, there are five temporal factors to be considered, which are qualitatively and quantitatively interdependent. The time factors comprise two points in time and three time intervals: the actual time, the uncertain, virtual and floating time of death, the lifetime passed so far, the time available until death, and the borderless period after death. The quality of life experienced so far and the degree of life satisfaction have an effect on the attitudes towards the inevitable fact of death, and towards lifestyle choices and further plans concerning the remaining life period. Thinking about the post-death phase is determined in part by the degree of acceptance of life after death or transcendence in general, in part by the presumed afterlife of the material and intellectual heritage (symbolic immortality). Past, present and future appear in a specific relationship.

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