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Can Death-Related TV Provide Catharsis?

July 10, 2008 | | Comments 0

funeral carsDoes the sight of funeral cars in a procession make you sad? When you see a funeral home or something else related to death, do you get a lump in your throat thinking about a loved one’s death in the past? If so, TV might be a way to overcome this. One blogger lists five ways in which the show Six Feet Under has helped her be more comfortable with the idea of death.

1. “Everything. Everyone. Everywhere. Ends.” This tagline for the show points out a reality that some people don’t want to face. But once you come to grips with it, life is easier. Nobody gets out of this world alive and some leave it sooner than we expect. The show constantly reminds us of this in each episode.

2. The absence of grieving is acceptable. In one episode toward the end of the series, one character explains that he’s just tired of grieving. Instead of being sad, he just wants to make every minute of life count. There is a time for grieving, but it’s okay to let it go and move on once that time is over.

3. Death comes in the most unexpected ways. At the beginning of each episode, somebody dies. Sometimes it’s a normal way like choking on something and other times it’s as unusual as nearly getting decapitated from a street sign when standing up through the moon roof in a limousine.

4. The show makes you appreciate life.
For many people, being around death makes them appreciate life even more. Some characters in the show exhibit this at times since they are always around the idea of death in the family-owned funeral home.

5. Six Feet Under gives you perspective. When you think of death as an inevitable part of life, it makes you prioritize your life and think about what’s really important.

If you’ve never seen the show, rent it on DVD. Just be prepared to get enthralled and emotionally invested in watching these different people experience life in so many ways.

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