Establishing the Perspective
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Newspaper·s and television bombard our senses daily with reports of violence, accidents, AIDS, and the threat of megadeath. For some, death may occur suddenly from an accident, a heart attack, or a stroke. Most of us, however, will experience death slowly and in our later years. We are an increasingly aging population, and today (accidents and AIDS excluded) elderly persons hold a virtual monopoly on death. Many of us will develop chronic illnesses that will eventually prove fatal. Death will be protracted and will involve a growing awareness that we are, indeed, dying.