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I have a fear of funerals

When ever I hear death of relative or of friends I feel very uneasy and due to this,I feel very afraid and start thinking whether to go for funeral or not, I feel like escape and I avoided it, I had attended 5 funerals but then also I feel very uneasy, due to this some of my relatives make fun of me, they don't understand how I'm going through it.
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Jankhana Hakani Mumbai | Psychiatrist
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Hello,
Everybody goes through this at various stages of their life. It is called Death Anxiety. Everyone copes with it differently.
Also we attach a lot of irrational belief to this and once these beliefs are identified and neutralized, u will be able to deal with these situations better.
Consult a psychiatrist to help you learn coping skills.
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Dr. Bevin S Chennai | Psychiatrist
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Fear of death or hearing news about death can be distressing to any normal person . But when it has gone to a level of avoiding such situations or escaping from it, then it needs to be addressed. These symptoms can be part of a phobia or anxiety disorder you may be suffering. It needs further evaluation to be treated.
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kindly consult a psychiatrist.
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Don't worry. Your symptoms are very much treatable.
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Ms. Sneha Bhat Bangalore | Counselling Psychologist
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Death though is the inevitable reality of our life, seems unreal & a farfetched idea till we witness it in some way. There are 3 levels of fear associated with death. First is the fear of one's own death. Second one is that of loosing a loved one & the third one is of witnessing or dealing with any sort of loss or death generally.

As you are a sensitive person, your fear of death might be at all 3 levels. According to one's sensitivity level people react differently to different levels of fear. Very person who makes fun of you might find it hard to face the level 2 or level 1 death fear. Your sensitivity doesn't make you lesser a person. It also is your strength. It gives you an opportunity to understand many things in a deeper way.

Coming to what you are going through, i want you to find out your level of death fear to begin with. Though it's emotionally hard for you to acknowledge the death scenario, see if it's possible to think deeply about the concept of death & what it means to you. Have you considered that the very next moment marks the death of this moment & the next day is the death of this day. We all exist because our ancestors, who did exist yesterday. Your childhood has died to make way for adulthood. All these might seem philosophical to you, when i say it however i am just presenting a line of thought for you to think deeply & analyze.

If your are facing issues generally due to your sensitivity or fears, do not hesitate to consult a professional who shall help you overcome any fear which you might currently find difficult to face, understand or overcome.

Take Care.

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Ms. Tishya Mahindru Shahani Vadodara | Clinical Psychologist
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hi, i completely understand your problem, it must be very disturbing. i would suggest that you should not get bothered about what your relatives say or if they make fun of you. drink water slowly and steadily, go with a trusted person. to start with you may go and move out immediately and gradually increase timings. i hope and pray that you dont have to attend more of them and that all remains well with you and your family. take care.
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