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libertygrl
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Posted 04/29/11 - 5:50 PM:
Subject: Watching death
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13192687

Next month BBC will be televising the passing of an 84-year-old man in death from cancer. I feel weird about it. I don't know if I could watch it, even though I can find nothing rational against the idea.

Snuff films, on the other hand, are highly disturbing to me, and are not something I would want to desensitize myself to. But death by natural causes, especially in a person who gave his permission to be recorded for such purposes, why should I feel weird about that? But I do. A little.

The presenter also mentions that he anticipates they will get some opposition because of it.

How about you, do you think it would make you uncomfortable at all to watch this? Do you feel like it's something people *need* to see?
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Posted 05/01/11 - 2:08 PM:

I saw a PBS show about cancer patients which showed them in states near death. It showed them many months, seemingly healthy but knowing they would die soon, to horrendous state. It really sort of grabs you in the pit of the stomach. It's hard to watch, especially if the person is reduced to the frail suffering figures that hold on as long as they can.

I don't think I'd want to watch it.
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Posted 05/02/11 - 8:50 AM:

"How about you, do you think it would make you uncomfortable at all to watch this?"

To watch an 84-year-old stranger die?

Doesn't bother me, but -- at the same time -- I have no real interest either.

Why should I have an interest?

This stranger is gonna die...no skin offa my nose...strangers die all the time...if I were interested I could take a drive over to the local cancer ward and watch 'em kick off in person.

Now: if this were someone I despised, then -- yeah -- I wanna watch and cheer and eat popcorn...mebbe have a cigarette and blow smoke into his or her emaciated face.

If this were someone I love: then, yeah, I wanna be there...to hold his or her hand and offer small comfort and cry as he or she passed.

But: a stranger?

Nope.

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"Do you feel like it's something people *need* to see?"

Each and every one has to make that assessment for him- or her-self.

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The above is snarky...I guess I'm just in that kind of mood...not to say what's above isn't accurate, only that I could have been more 'sensitive' to the subject.

Edited by henry quirk on 05/02/11 - 9:13 AM. Reason: I don't know.
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Posted 05/02/11 - 2:23 PM:

quirk wrote:
The above is snarky...I guess I'm just in that kind of mood...not to say what's above isn't accurate, only that I could have been more 'sensitive' to the subject.

your honesty is appreciated henry hug

i've never seen someone die before. my then-husband and i did hold his grandmother's hand a few hours before she died. she cried and cried. you could see that she was sad to go.
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Posted 05/04/11 - 12:41 AM:

libertygrl wrote:

your honesty is appreciated henry hug

i've never seen someone die before. my then-husband and i did hold his grandmother's hand a few hours before she died. she cried and cried. you could see that she was sad to go.



I watched a piglet die and I have seen many animals dying but not a human being dying before my very own eyes!

I agree that it affects mostly to arouse feelings of restlessness. You will find that breathing is very disturbed in such cases and you feel that it is not easy for them to let go.
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