Emotions Expressed by the Dying Are Unexpectedly Positive

The research, which examined the writings of terminally ill patients and inmates on death row, suggests that we focus disproportionately on the negative emotions caused by dying, without considering the broader context of everyday life. “Humans are incredibly adaptive — both physically and emotionally—and we go about our daily lives whether we’re dying or not,” psychologist Kurt Gray explains. “In our imagination, dying is lonely and meaningless, but the final blog posts of terminally ill patients and the last words of death row inmates are filled with love, social connection, and meaning.”

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