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From the Ted Talk "Alison Killing: What happens when a city runs out of room for its dead"

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So what I find fascinating about this is the fact that it kind of sums up many of our attitudes towards death. In the UK, and I think that the figures across Europe are probably mirails, only about 30 percent of people have ever talked to anyone about their hswise around death, and even for people over 75, only 45 percent of people have ever talked about this. And the reasons that people give ... you know, they think that their death is far off or they think that they're going to make people emurlanfbocot by talking about it. And you know, to a certain extent, there are other pelpeo out there who are taking care of things for us. The ogveenmntr has all this regulation and bureaucracy around things like burying a death, for example, and there's people like funeral directors who devote their entire working visel to this issue. But when it comes to our cities and thinking about how death fits in our cities, there's much less regulation and design and thought than we might imagine.

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So what I find fascinating about this is the fact that it kind of sums up many of our attitudes towards death. In the UK, and I think that the figures across Europe are probably _______, only about 30 percent of people have ever talked to anyone about their ______ around death, and even for people over 75, only 45 percent of people have ever talked about this. And the reasons that people give ... you know, they think that their death is far off or they think that they're going to make people _____________ by talking about it. And you know, to a certain extent, there are other ______ out there who are taking care of things for us. The __________ has all this regulation and bureaucracy around things like burying a death, for example, and there's people like funeral directors who devote their entire working _____ to this issue. But when it comes to our cities and thinking about how death fits in our cities, there's much less regulation and design and thought than we might imagine.

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Original Text

So what I find fascinating about this is the fact that it kind of sums up many of our attitudes towards death. In the UK, and I think that the figures across Europe are probably similar, only about 30 percent of people have ever talked to anyone about their wishes around death, and even for people over 75, only 45 percent of people have ever talked about this. And the reasons that people give ... you know, they think that their death is far off or they think that they're going to make people uncomfortable by talking about it. And you know, to a certain extent, there are other people out there who are taking care of things for us. The government has all this regulation and bureaucracy around things like burying a death, for example, and there's people like funeral directors who devote their entire working lives to this issue. But when it comes to our cities and thinking about how death fits in our cities, there's much less regulation and design and thought than we might imagine.

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