My Wonderful Life

Death and Reality TV

posted on 1/16/12 by MyWonderfulLife.com Staff

In anticipation of our appearance this Friday on ABC’s Shark Tank, we thought it would be appropriate to look at how other reality TV shows portray death and whether or not they have an impact on how we approach the topic in our own lives. 

Reality TV brings a vast number of harsh topics into our homes. Death, suicide, and murder are stories that garner high ratings and increasingly high press coverage.

Real Housewives of Atlanta County Phaedra Parks decided to start her own funeral services boutique. Russell Armstrong, an estranged husband from one of the stars of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, committed suicide earlier this year. In 2009, a contestant on a VH1 show called Megan Wants a Millionaire was the prime suspect in a murder case. Their reality TV star status threw them into the limelight, but did these stories help or hurt our society’s discussions about death? Death surrounds us, but do we really notice it? Death isn’t just a sensationalized story. It’s real life. People die every day, but it’s common for people to be afraid to talk about death. So how do you get people to honestly accept that death is a part of life worth talking about?

We are hoping our appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank brings a new aspect of death to light; one that isn’t as tragic or violent. We hope that the press coverage surrounding our appearance affects the way others approach the subject with their family and friends.

 

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