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Seeing a Deceased Person after the Fact. - November 30th 2014, 10:19 PM

Australian test cricketer Phil Hughes has passed away during the week after a major head injury, the likes of which have only been recorded 100 times in history, the second only time as a result of a cricket ball. The thing is though, Hughes made it to the top of the world stage in cricket, and there are many highlight reels of his personal achievements and his team's highlight reels, in which he is featured.

It just seems weird to me to watch a video about someone I know is now deceased. In Australian Aboriginal culture, it is not even customary to say the name of someone who had passed away, and even though I am not indigenous, I can understand where that sentiment comes from. It's a strange and unnerving feeling watching a video or listening to an interview, hearing the voice of someone who is no longer with us.

So what do you think about that whole dynamic, seeing someone after the fact, on screen by some description. Does the eeriness ever go away?

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Re: Seeing a Deceased Person after the Fact. - November 30th 2014, 11:34 PM

I can see why this might be strange for some people. I'll admit; it sometimes gives me a strange feeling seeing someone who I know to be deceased again through photos, video, etc. However, losing people close to me, I have found that those photos, videos, ect. are very special and they take on new meaning. I guess what I'm trying to say is that yes, it can be quite eerie, but sometimes those things are a way to remember, honor, and reflect on a person and their life. And sometimes they are the only way to do so.

Anyway, as for in the media, we see this quite often, so I'm desensitized to it. I don't really think about it when I see old interviews and things when they are talking about a death. It's quite a normality.

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Re: Seeing a Deceased Person after the Fact. - December 1st 2014, 03:14 AM

I think initially, it can feel a little eerie, especially if it's someone that you're close to or someone that had a large impact in your life. Like it was said above, though, it eventually becomes a way to remember someone.

There's an actor I really like that died of cancer and I still watch the things he starred in a lot. To me, it shows that he'll always be "alive" and remembered on those shows even though he has passed on.

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Re: Seeing a Deceased Person after the Fact. - December 2nd 2014, 05:31 PM

I do think it's eerie and you know...it hasn't been so lately (ie with Paul Walker and Robin Williams) but long ago, I think they added some glowing effect or distortion over the image of the deceased person (while they were alive) to give that unsettling effect. It may have been because I saw those images when I was younger and now I'm in my late 20s, I should expect to see pictures of someone while they were still alive but they are gone now. :S

Either way though, I think it's eerie, especially if the interview was done/game was played/they starred in a movie/made a guest appearance on TV or a talk show literally right before their death. It's just get you to think "wow, this would be the last time they [whatever it was] and they had no idea" and it's unsettling.

But the older interviews/episodes/movies wouldn't upset me... unless there was an allusion to death somewhere, or a character (especially the deceased's character) died in the movie.
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