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Humor as Weapon, Shield and Psychological Salve

By Nichole Force from Humor has long been recognized as more than mere fun and games. It presents an alternative means of expressing criticism about injustices, arrogance, pretentions or hypocrisies that can’t socially (or legally) be expressed otherwise. Court jesters could say things to the royals “in jest” that others would have been beheaded for uttering. When King James I of England had trouble fattening up his horses, court jester Archibald Armstrong reportedly suggested that His Majesty make the…

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Gallows Humour 1

Get Comfortable with Death

© Sam Price, University of Wolverhampton, School of Art & Design, UK Gallows humour is often discussed as ‘laughter in the face of pain’. Galgenhumor, which finds its origins around 1848 Germany, is referred to as ‘cynical humor that derives from stressful or traumatic situations’. However, it has been in practice for many centuries. It is used as a way of getting around situations that are otherwise overwhelming or unavoidable in nature such as death, war, disease or horrific crime.

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The Old Guitarist by Picasso

Thinking Differently about Death through Art: The Old Guitarist by Picasso

Written by Ryan Hillback As a first year broadcasting/ journalism student at the University of Wolverhampton, our instructor, Dr Judith Wester, asked us to use semiotic techniques to explore images that represented the idea of death in various forms. This is a modified version of my examination of the image I chose, leaving out some of the academic ideas to present here as a blog.

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Thinking Differently About Death: A Zen Practice

In Zen, Life and Death are one, a continuum, and they are not separated and there is no dividing line between them (as, indeed, there is actually no dividing line between anything, there only seems to be – divisions are arbitrary and made to enable us to function in the finite world, what Zen calls ‘the world of form’). All is one. Also, there is no ‘Soul’, or even a permanent ‘Self’ (higher, or lower) – this is considered illusory.…

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Death Awareness in the Community

Death Awareness in the Community

“On average there is one death every minute in the UK.” This chronicle explains the importance of understanding death at the community level with a focus on the UK. On average there is one death every minute in the UK. This is around 550,000 deaths per year. The impact these deaths may have on a family and community can be immense, especially if a death involves that of a young child or a breadwinner. With the death of a child…

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CEDAR  Education
CEDAR  Education  is  dedicated  to  teaching everyone  how  to  understand,  accept  and  respond to  death,  dying  and  loss  in  healthy  and appropriate  ways  with  clients,  patients,  students, and  in  personal  relationships.

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