Our atheist modern age understands the contrast between life and death as absolute. We search for some palliatives, but they are ineffective. “My life continues in the lives of my children,” we say, but for an individual this is an empty phrase.
We doggedly fight to prolong life, only to find that we cannot win this battle – and are left unable to produce authentic rituals to accompany the end of our existence.
Because our societies have no sense of limits, they strive to eliminate death from our consciousness. More and more often, death takes place in a hidden hospital room. Death is suppressed socially, but the effect is that individuals’ fear of death grows ever greater. Most people nowadays face death never having witnessed the death of someone else!