Quote from rockstar11
Death is never easy, unless you are incredibly detached to the human experience... but in that case, why go into Nursing?
Hmmm. I understand the sentiment, but will respectfully disagree. Witnessing death is as personal as experiencing it. Death has never bothered me, and I've been around for more than a few. Part of the trauma/problem is that, as a First-World society, we have removed ourselves from illness and death to an extreme degree. Most people used to have family members die at home, sometimes traumatically, sometimes due to illness, sometimes "natural causes". Without that presence, death is something most actively put out of their minds, and it therefore becomes a traumatic event.
What we do not prepare for, by definition, will be traumatic(and, frequently even things we do
prepare for are traumatic, but those generally lack the recurrent PTSD-nature of the unplanned/unanticipated event.