In this U3A webinar special, two experts discuss the delicate issue that we must face about our loved ones and eventually ourselves – dying.
Prof Thang, who did a delightful session in July this year on ageing in Japan, will recount her perceptions of how death and dying has changed over the years as the Japanese respond to the challenges of longevity. She will share socio-cultural observations of such practices as shukatsu (planning for later life and afterlife) and the living funeral.
Dr Tan asks the question: We usually hear only about the illness that led to someone’s death, but what was the lived human experience? How did this person live through this inevitable part of life? Dr Tan will recount common people’s experiences of dying. Talking about it is important. It is experience that frightens us, but it also through experience that we learn most. Just as darkness allows us to appreciate light that illuminates the world, death permits us to deeply appreciate what it means to live.