|V|άςβε@η (thewlisian_afer) wrote in polloftheday,
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A friend and I were talking about how she's terrified of her own mortality and is completely freaked out by death, while I'm morbidly fascinated by and comfortable with it. We assumed it was due to very different experiences when it came to dealing with death but further discussion made us realize we'd had very similar experiences at about the same time in our lives and just dealt with it very differently. It made me curious about other people's experiences, so here's a poll.

Edit: Thanks to brighty11 for reminding me about this. I meant to add a note before I posted, but forgot. Pets are important and their deaths can really suck but I'm just asking about human deaths in this poll.


Another Note: Death by "old age" should be counted as a medical condition, most likely. If you're born, you're going to die -- life is a medical condition. And, technically, everyone dies of cardiac arrest -- think about it.

Poll #992685 DEATH D:

01.) How would you characterize the frequency of your dealings with death?

Eerily frequent - I wonder if I'm bad luck
5(3.4%)
I've had to deal with it more than my fair share
23(15.8%)
Totally average
54(37.0%)
I've had to deal with it but not as much as most people I know
57(39.0%)
I don't know anybody who has died
7(4.8%)

02.) Are you afraid to die?

Yes. I want to live forever.
6(4.1%)
Sort of. I'm afraid of 'the unknown' that comes next.
47(32.0%)
Sort of. I'm afraid it'll hurt.
36(24.5%)
No. I'm going to [go to Heaven/be reincarnated as something awesome/whatever your personal belief is]. It'll be great! :D
13(8.8%)
No. It happens to everyone so why be afraid?
41(27.9%)
Other (explain in comments)
4(2.7%)

03.) How old were you the first time someone you knew died?

5-6
45(31.7%)
7-8
36(25.4%)
9-10
23(16.2%)
11-12
13(9.2%)
13-15
10(7.0%)
16-18
8(5.6%)
19-21
2(1.4%)
22-25
0(0.0%)
26+
0(0.0%)
Nobody I know has died
5(3.5%)

04.) Which of the following have you experienced the death of?

Parent
0(0.0%)
Grandparent
4(2.7%)
Sibling
0(0.0%)
Child
0(0.0%)
Spouse/Significant Other
0(0.0%)
Aunt/Uncle
0(0.0%)
Cousin
0(0.0%)
Other relative
1(0.7%)
Close family friend
1(0.7%)
Close personal friend
1(0.7%)
Other peer acquaintance
2(1.4%)
Nobody I know has died
1(0.7%)
Other (because I'm probably forgetting something vital)
1(0.7%)

05.) Which of the following types of death have you had to deal with?

Long-term medical problem (cancer, etc.)
20(13.7%)
Sudden medical problem (heart attack, etc.)
8(5.5%)
Suicide
0(0.0%)
Military combat
0(0.0%)
Violent crime
0(0.0%)
Accidental
3(2.1%)
Nobody I know has died
1(0.7%)
Other (Please explain in comments because everything I can think of fits into one of the categories I listed and I'd be interested to hear what "other" entails.)
2(1.4%)

06.) How do you deal with death now? (Feel little/nothing, hold back your emotions and support others, freak the hell out, go into therapy, etc.)

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