Do Everyday Hearses for Sale Change Our Image of Death?

October 10, 2008 | | Comments 0

Yesterday, we wrote about Thomas Lynch, his book and the PBS documentary that came out of his writings. We discussed the idea of becoming desensitized to death and hearses as a result of disconnecting ourselves from deceased loved ones in many ways. Today, I ask this question: Do people that search and buy hearses for sale for everyday use change our perception of death?

In some ways, people that buy funeral cars and hearses for sale for their own personal adventures can have an impact on our culture’s view of death. There was a time when the sight of a hearse would cause people to take a step back out of respect for the dead. People would pull over to the side of the road when they saw a procession of funeral cars. But that’s not the case today. It happens, but it’s much rarer than it used to be.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying people shouldn’t have the right to go to their local dealer and buy hearses for sale. These are great cars with a large amount of storage capacity. But do they desensitize us to the idea of death when we see people joyriding around in them? Maybe in some ways it’s a good thing to become desensitized to death as long as we still remember to respect both the living and the deceased.

There was my rant for the day. I hope it made sense and provoked some thought. If so, let us know your thoughts about death, hearses and anything else you have on your mind.

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