Anneli Rufus, author of the new book, The Farewell Chronicles (Marlowe & Company) which details how people really react to death says some people respond to kicking the bucket with taboo emotions like sarcasm and elation, not sadness and grief.
Rufus says catastrophes like Katrina force us to think about taking a dirt nap and says when last years tsunami in Asia hit, some peoples response wasnt an outpouring of emotion but instead was, Who cares?
Likewise, during an earthquake she says some people will think, Theres a new shoreline. I can build a house on it.
Rufus claims its only been in the past 50 to 100 years that people show anything but grief, mainly because people are no longer up-close-and-personal with the dead like having to wrap them in a burial shroud.
As she explains it, Thats what changed our attitudes.
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