I think some people perceive crying and showing emotion as weakness. Actually I don't think it I know it for a fact. They think when people break down it means they are literally broken down. I see it differently...being someone who cries when I feel the need.
I think people who allow themselves to feel what they need to feel at the time they need to feel it are strong. I think the ability to express deep emotions requires great strength. Especially in our culture. A culture where strength is equated with being cold, calculated and disconnected. It's important for those of us who haven't shut down our emotions to show them publicly.
I also think it's important to have control of ourselves. To know when it is appropriate and when it isn't.
I think people perceptions of emotions being showed as weakness keeps many of us apart from the people we love in the end of their lives here on earth.
Sad for the person suffering and sad for those who don't get the chance to say goodbye.