Contemporary society is far removed from death; few die at home; hospitals and funeral homes deal with the aftermath. Death rituals are private and many mourners are socially unsupported outside the confines of home.
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Public expression of grief is not the norm. However death in the media is far from taboo; prevalent in TV drama and news media coverage of celebrity or shocking and dramatic death.
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Online memorials are seen by many as a destination for “grief tourists” with suspect motivations.. –Science Daily

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story about a fan reacting to a dramatic celebrity death.

Journaling Prompt: How do you react when a big celebrity death occurs? Is it more real or less real than when someone you know dies? Why?

Art Prompt: Grief Tourism

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Talk to your audience about how society currently deals with death and what we can learn from ancient societies.

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