Suicide and Scandinavia, by Herbert Hendin. 1964 Anchor Books, New York. Ch. IV “Suicide in D

“In working with suicidal patients in the United States, one encounters fantasies of reunion after death with a lost loved one. In Denmark, however, such fantasies are so much more common as to be almost the rule. The observation was striking in view of the fact that most of the Danes in this study tended to stress their ‘not being religious’ with an overtone of pride. Yet, the Lutheran concept of an afterlife is universally taught in the schools, and many children are introduced to the idea of reunion after death by their parents before they go to school.”

Posted December 23, 2002

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