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thanatophobia (than-uh-tuh-FO-bee-uh) noun

An abnormal fear of death.

[Thanato- death + -phobia.]

"Thanatophobia, a word meaning the fear of death and its trappings, supposedly is deeply buried within the American psyche. Under the shady trees of Clinton Oaks, fear seems unlikely."
Susan Jakobsene Untold stories Cemetery in Caretaker's Thoughtful Handse Tulsa World (Oklahoma); Oct 27, 1999.

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Children aren't happy without something to ignore, And that's what parents were created for. -Ogden Nash, poet (1902-1971)

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