The Use of Humour When Discussing Death
Humour can be a unconsious psychological defence mechanism for dealing with a truth or reality that is too much to cope with.
Psychological defence mechanisms can keep us safe from the emormity of something until we have the knowledge, attitudes/ values, skills and/or support for dealing with whatever faces us.
Some other defence mechanisms are - denial, minimisation, rationalisation, compartmentalisation, projection, hostility, acting out, regression, dissociation.
This is why humour can be used on such a deathly dark topic. For example the Monty Python 'Dead Parrot' sketch.
Also this amazing video called 'Dumb Ways to Die' created by the Victorian Transport Department to stop people from falling under trains. We don't know how effective it was but it is quite clever and has had over 129 million views on YouTube.
"Billy Connolly's Big Send Off"
This guy just changed the way we see Calvin and Hobbes