It seems to me that ministers may have a special outlook on death. Among the public, people often live as if it is out of the question that they might die any time soon -- and while I can't see inside people's minds, it would seem that some exclude the possibility altogether. However through ministry, one learns that many people die unexpectedly, often through the most unexpected things. The opposite may be true, too. Some people's lives would seem to hang by a thread, yet they live for a very long time in spite of it. OBSERVATION: Anyway, ministers' close familiarity with death would seem to place them at one end of a continuum of attitudes.