I find it ironic that while some of these folks distance themselves from this population because of the seemingly vast differences between ‘us’ and ‘them’, they have this gut awareness that there is a common bond between them and that death will be the great equalizer one day for both groups.
While attempting to be in control of the situation –by way of not mingling with this population, these folks are, inadvertently being controlled by fear. So, the result –unfortunately- is to stay away and not be reminded of their mortality.
Mark Twain penned these words
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
Shutting out the reality of death, though, does not stop it from coming, but to face it head on…and survive…is tremendously powerful.
You and I, though, were created to live above fear and to be able to live fully, so my advice to you is to face those fears by way of volunteering your time to work with those who have disabilities
Blessing on your day!