Have you read e. e. cumming's dying is fine (but death ? You really must. It contrasts death vs. dying, which I had never considered up until a year ago. I'd had to have a cumming's fan explain to me what was going on, but once he explained that it was separating the concept of death as a permanent ending, as constructed by society, and dying by means of perishing only to be recycled, as found in nature, it made a lot of sense.
I haven't! Is it a poem? It sounds pretty cool. I thought about it the other day (despite how morbid the topic is), how some people die quickly and others just slowly suffer and wither away. Different highways, same destination: they both die, but how they get there is what varies.
Yup, that's what the poem is called! dying is fine (but death Oh cumming's and his weird grammatical marks...
I don't really think contemplating death and dying is morbid. It's almost sad that dying has to have such a negative connotation to it when it is a natural part of life. Of course, I reject death as much as someone who's lactose intolerant rejects ice cream. I'm scared of death, have been probably since I was 12. It's definitely a mature topic - one no one likes to talk about! For me, I think of being morbid as being fixated on the details of death: rotting, decomposing, murder, etc.