Lesson Plan: The Visions of the Dying… Solace for the Living?
II. While Reading Tasks Word Inference
- revere |riˈvi(ə)r| verb feel deep respect or admiration for (something): Cézanne’s still lifes were revered by his contemporaries.
- demystify |dēˈmistəˌfī| verb (demystifies, demystifying, demystified) make (a difficult or esoteric subject) clearer and easier to understand: this book attempts to demystify technology.
- bereave |biˈrēv| be deprived of a loved one through a profound absence, esp. due to the loved one’s death: | (as plural noun the bereaved) : those who counsel the bereaved. (as adj. bereaved) : bereaved families
- near-death experiences |ˈnɪ(ə)r dɛθ ɪkˈspɪriəns| noun–an unusual experience taking place on the brink of death and recounted by a person after recovery, typically an out-of-body experience or a vision of a tunnel of light.
- revive |riˈvīv| verb -restore to life or consciousness: both men collapsed, but were revived.
- hospice |ˈhäspis|noun-a home providing care for the sick, esp. the terminally ill.
- Palliative |ˈpalēˌātiv, ˈpalēətiv|-adjective-(of a treatment or medicine) relieving pain or alleviating a problem without dealing with the underlying cause: short-term, palliative measures had been taken.
- mystical |ˈmistikəl| adjective- of or relating to mystics or religious mysticism: the mystical experience.
- erupt |iˈrəpt| verb- break out or burst forth suddenly and dramatically: fierce fighting erupted between the army and guerrillas | cheers erupted from the crowd.
- phenomena |fəˈnämənə| (plural form of phenomenon-|fəˈnäməˌnän, -nən|) noun-a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, esp. one whose cause or explanation is in question: glaciers are unique and interesting natural phenomena.
Reading Comprehension:True /False/NA-Statements
- F-The author of this article is dying.
- F-The law reveres a dying person’s final words as evidence.
- F-People dying are distinct from people with near-death experiences.
- NA-People over 70 usually have visions.
- T- Researchers conducted multiple interviews with 59 terminally ill patients.
- F- At Hospice Buffalo the facility is furnished in warm woods, with views of fountains, and gardens.
- T-The huge challenge of this work is to help patients feel more normal and less alone.
- NA-Young people never have death visions.
- T-The motivation and pressure for these dreams is coming from a place of fear and uncertainty.
- F- Many dying patients cannot communicate.
Grammar Focus: Prepositions
These events are distinct from near-death experiences.
These are people on a journey towards death.
About one in every five was associated with distress.
During this time there is the need for resolution and even forgiveness.