Schott’s Vocab on ‘Grief Tourism’

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  07.31.09 | 9:36 AM ET

The New York Times blog of modern words and phrases picks up on grief tourism. It defines it as: “Traveling to the memorial services or home towns of those who have died, in order to pay one’s respects—despite having no personal connection with the deceased.” It’s an offshoot of dark tourism, which Frank Bures examined for World Hum a couple years ago.

1 Comment for Schott’s Vocab on ‘Grief Tourism’

grizzly bear mom 08.02.09 | 5:55 AM ET

We may not have personal experiences with the dead, but we have emotional ones with them.  I become very sad when I think of 9-11, WWII veterans, etc, however I train police and fire officers, and all of my uncles are such veterans. 

On the other hand I experienced Americans visiting Normandy cemetery being annoyed with my emotionalism and delaying their moving on to lunch.  What was the point in their going?  They could have got in another day shopping.

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