What is distinct about the modern approach to death and dying in the West?

What is distinct about the modern approach to death and dying in the West?

Both Philippe Aries and Tony Walter have argued: Western attitudes toward and experience of death and dying have undergone significant change in the modern period.

What is distinct about the modern approach to death and dying in the West?

What has changed about how people thought about and experienced death from the pre-modern/traditional to the modern period? Why?

Be sure to use explicit examples from assigned readings and lectures. Don’t rely exclusively on Aries and Walter. Use examples from earlier in the course to support your answer as well.