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I and II

• Kubler-Ross describes the increase in modern humanity's fear of death with the rise of technology and medical science.
• Kubler-Ross tells of death in her native Europe where family and friends accept the transition quietly, not trying to make the dead look alive with embalming or makeup.
• Kubler-Ross suggests our doctors are trained that prolonging life is a priority, as opposed to relieving suffering.

• She notes we find it unfathomable for someone to go to war and survive on the front lines, only to come home and be killed in a car accident.
• The author tells a story of a man whose doctor had gone to all lengths to save him and how she and her team helped them both cope with the impending death.

III and IV

• Denial is the most common reaction to learning of a terminal illness. Most people are sure there must...

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