Vol. 1 No. 1 (2021): Beginnings

Reclaiming Death Acceptance in the Twenty-First Century

Cristina-Mihaela Botîlcă
University of Bucharest

Published 2021-05-29


  • death acceptance,
  • death phobia,
  • death anxiety,
  • death positivity movement,
  • twenty-first century


In a modern twenty-first-century Western society that extracts its values from youth culture and the fear of aging, death phobia becomes a real issue that needs to be addressed. This study aims to present some of the reasons why death became a taboo subject, why modern man fears death, and how cultural sensitivity can lead to a state of death acceptance, all while the death positivity movement is gaining traction. Keeping in mind that the complex paradox of today is fear of inevitability, let us try and name some of the roots of this problem and what we can do to ease the interaction with death.