What is Dying?

Dissolution of life, though inevitable, is always a tragic event. We are born into this world knowing that one-day we will fall; that no matter what we do in life, how many friends we make and how successful we become, we will all end up in the same place. Thomas More says, “‘Whoever does not have an urn has the sky to cover him,’ and ‘from everywhere it is the same distance to heaven.’” So why do we do the things we do or achieve what we strive to achieve if our end result is simply death? I have always wondered what pushes someone to end his or her life. “Tragically, more than 39,000 people died by suicide in the United States in 2011. Homicide claimed another 17,000 people.” This is a quote I have taken from a CDC’s article published August of last year. These startling numbers makes me question why? Someone should never feel so depressed that they take their own life. I believe violence is preventable and that every life has value. To truly understand death, one must understand not the existence of life, but its vitality. The purpose of this exhibit is to impose upon the meaning of life by exposing the effects of death. To make one ponder upon how fleeting life really is. By revealing the image of death and the impact it creates on our lives, both physically and emotionally, I am able to express why it is so important to value life.

Do you view life and death like this art piece? As one interrelated force that occurs simultaneously? Simone Weil believes death by violence can turn a living soul into an inanimate object.
"For the solider death is the future, the future his profession assigns him." Weil states everyone enlisting in the military cannot go a day without seeing death and realize their chance of dying too.
The photograph's angle focuses on capturing the amount of people within this cemetery. It highlights the importance of burial, and despite the amount of deaths, everyone deserves a sacred space.
Throughout history we learn that different cultures practice specific rituals for death. From mummification to cremation, civilizations cope with the idea of death and dying in countless traditions.
With any death, there is a grieving process. This painting displays one extent of mourning. The artist depicts a youth lying facedown naked to show the pain she is feeling because of losing someone.
In some cultures, people believe in speaking to the dead. This can be a way of coping with the death and allowing the idea of always being in contact to soothe their sorrows.
Iturbide got her inspiration from mourners in Mexican cemeteries and Indian death houses. She depicts the idea that once you experience a loved one dying, you no longer want to see anything else.
I believe without the title most people would not recognize the person dying was a peasant. This proves anyone, even with the lowest occupation, can create a saddening impact from their death.
While most people don't consider graffiti to be 'art', I feel it isn't the medium that matters, but the message. Borf frames his artwork as a dedication to his friend who committed suicide.
When death occurs after a long life of happiness and good memories, the family can look back and reminisce about their experiences. That is what we need to keep in mind when a tragic death occurs.
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