No experience is more universal than death, yet little is written about it. We know that young people have questions about dying, but too often we have been reluctant to answer them. Now, in this pioneering book, Herbert S. Zim and hhis wife, Sonia Bleeker, discuss the physical facts, customs, and attitudes surrounding human life and death.
As introduction, the authors point out the variety of life on earth and indicate the range of lifespans found among animals and plants. They describe death as a part of living amd tell what happens to the human body when it dies, how death is recognized, and what burial laws are followed. Customs vary the world over, and Dr. Zim and Dr. Bleeker have selected examples from peoples in Asia, Africa, and America to demonstrate the diverse ways each meets this common sorrow.
Read and approved by child psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, the text fills a widespread need. Dispassionate though sensitive, it concludes that people who lead useful, happy lives come to accept all of life, including its end.
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