Southern Religion

Isolation and death alone in the connected society

There is something worse than being invited to spend Christmas with difficult relatives. Being forgotten:

Two hundred thousand people disappear every year in the UK; of those, 2,000 will remain missing. Some, of course, are murdered; some just wish to disappear, which is easy if you really want it – move home, move job, toss your telephone into the river. The US has 40,000 sets of what are called “unclaimed remains”. Many more are simply forgotten by their friends or family – according to a Help the Aged report of 2007, hundreds of thousands of elderly people in Britain go without visitors from month to month; more than a million said they were often or always lonely


December 27, 2011 - Posted by | Cultural | , ,

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