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.
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.
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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