Death refers to the termination of all biological tasks that prolong the life span of an organism. For instance, aspects that commonly contribute to death include; disease, predation, biological problems, suicide and homicide. Other factors that contribute to death incorporate injuries from accident that subject the victim to lose his life. After death, the dead bodies start to decompose this condition is perceived to be sad or unpleasant. This event is termed as unfortunate to human beings due to its impacts. The incident leaves a dead person terminated from his family. The fact is that the demise of this person creates a huge gap especially with people who were affectionate and close to him. Death further destroys or terminates family and social bonds in the society.
The effect of death includes; the fear death, anxiety, sympathy, sad feelings due to compassion for the dead person and solitude. The potential for an afterlife is of concern for humans and the possibility of reward or judgment (Becker 56). This is inclusive of punishment in relation to the sins that this individual performed in the past with people of various religions. Their association is based on terms that connect with death which are sometimes accepted in the social setting. For instance, if a person died, it means that they have passed away, passed on, or expired. In general, a dead person is regarded as a corpse because his body has already decayed into bones rendering the corpse to be in form of skeletons. Additionally, the phrase carcass and carrion can attribute to the dead but this is only if it also be connotes the remains animals that do not belong to the human category. In society, a section of cultures refers to people who are dead as the deceased which is a sign of respect. In some situation, religions decide to cremate their loved ones who are dead. In this regard, the ashes that are left behind after the cremation are termed as remains by the neologism. There are scenarios when human beings can overcome either natural or artificial incidences that contribute to death. This is regardless of whether they are young or old. However, when death hits, it does not choose on gender, age, poverty or if a person is wealthy.
In society, death in person can take place without their expectation. In some cases, families are not usually in stable condition to handle for expenses that arise due to death. Furthermore, this condition leaves members of a family and friends depressed after losing their loved one. During this sad moment, majority of cultures unite to help the bereaved families.
Biologically, the division of cells in an individual proceeds before they die despite of its viability and metabolic reactions. In this context, senescence is a condition whereby a large number of living creatures overcome death threats in their surroundings. This is during their biological operations in which their aging procedures subject them to die eventually. In the present society, Physiological death is perceived as a procedure that involves conditions that are more than event condition which are considered as indicative of death. Evidently, they are now reversible where in the process hence divides a line that is drawn between the life and death. This is in relation to aspects that tend to be beyond the availability of significant symptoms. This further implies that clinical death is neither essential nor enough to measure if death is legal.
Study indicates numerous scientific strategies that apply to the death concept. A good example is brain death which is mostly used in medical science. It defines death as a point or the time at which the brain activity stops its operation (Kainz 94). One of the big issues when it comes to evaluating the aspect of death is the capability to depict its definition from life. Clearly, death is a moment that emerges when life ends. This means that it is possible to define life in terms of consciousness. For instance, if a creature ceases to be consciousness, then a living organism can be said to have died. Additionally, many religious traditions hold on to the notion that death does not entail the end of consciousness. Equally, death is perceived to be a slow shift from one spiritual state to another.
In this context death can be described as merely the state where something has ceased from living. Clearly, the definition of life attributes to a sad situation in life of the people. Historically, death was once known to be the termination of heartbeat and of breathing which could be restarted at times. It is a form of event that was causally linked to death in the past and no longer killed in all situations. For instance, without heart or lungs life can come to an end. The reason is because the two reflects a combination whose purpose is to sustain an individual to live more years. This can be accomplished through aid of life support devices such as artificial pacemaker and organ transplants to extend the life span of a person.
Currently, the brain is a delicate section that can subject an individual to face early death if effective measures are not taken. In this situation, individuals are considered dead when the electrical activity in their brain ceases to work effectively. It is further presumed that an end of electrical activity indicates the end of consciousness. Those people maintaining that only the neo-cortex of the brain is necessary for consciousness sometimes argue that only the electrical activity should be considered when defining death (Myers 105).
Eventually, it is possible that the criterion for determining death in a person will be the permanent and irreversible loss of cognitive function as seen via the death of the cerebral cortex. In various cultures, there are certain protocols that they follow in giving the deceased their last respect. In this context, the death certificate is issued in most cases by a doctor or by administrative officer. There have been some scientific attempts to bring dead organisms back to life but with limited success (Piven 184).
In nations that still incur poverty, majority of their citizens die due to diseases that affect them. They include cancer, heart disease, stroke and other diseases that connect to obesity and aging. Death in person mostly affects developing nations due to the fact that they are poor. For instance, one of the killer diseases is tuberculosis. It is a bacterial disease which causes death to many people.
Evaluating the aspect of death in a person, it is clear that evolution of people who are aging reveals why plenty of living things especially human beings become weak and die. Furthermore, death is handled in a different manner in relation to the culture that applies in a given nation. For instance in Brazil, death of an individual is counted in an official manner. This is done through registration by family members of the deceased who are still in existence. To be in a position to file for a death event that is official, it is mandatory for a person who has passed on to have been registered officially during birth.
In Brazil, the public registry regulation grants all citizens the opportunity to register the number of death which they encounter in spite of the money that they have. In this regard, the government of this country has not eradicated the expenses, burden that are essential tin filling for death. However, for poor families that encounter deaths, this situation affects them in a huge way. This is because they have to mourn for their loved one and pay additional costs to cater for the death which majority of them do not afford. As a result, this issue has raised a discussion concerning inaccurate rates of mortality that contributes to a double suffering to poor families that are involved.
In essence, death in a person matters based on background of various people. Evidently, discussion this aspect of death and having to witness is a complex issue that affect majority of the cultures. For instance, the cultures that emerge from the West handle death in a person by incorporating material respect. Conversely, the Eastern communities such as India handle funeral events by holding a procession. It is in this respect that they end up burning dead bodies to ashes to fulfill their protocol and culture.
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