Elderly Woman Turned Into A Mummy In Her Own Home. No One Noticed!
November 20, 2018 15:23 By Fabiosa
People are social creatures. This is what makes humanity so enduring.
Even if you are a staunch individualist (or just lonely at the moment), it is always nice to know that there is someone out there who can help you or who you care about.
The story of Kathryn Norris
A failed marriage, loneliness, a mental disorder, and neighbors’ animosity led to Kathryn Norris ‘disappearing’ in her own house!
On November 18, 2010, there was a call at the sheriff's office. A buyer, who purchased a house in a property foreclosure auction, said that he had found a car with human remains in the garage.
As it turned out later, the former owner of the house, Kathryn Norris, had been lying there for over a year and turned into a mummy.
How could the woman vanish without a trace in a city surrounded by so many people? Why was nobody looking for her during those 16 months?
The neighbors questioned by the police said they seldom saw her. One called her “a little strange.” Another said that she “just disappeared.” That's all...
There are a lot of lonely people no one cares about!
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Unfortunately, the case of Kathryn Norris is not isolated. Here are some more examples.
In 2008, police discovered the remains of Hedviga Golik sitting in front of her TV. 42 years after she had been last seen by her neighbors.
The skeleton of 50-year-old Simon Allen was discovered only when cleaners went to his home two years after he passed away!
Terrifying statistics of kodokushi
In Japan, there is a phenomenon of ‘kodokushi,’ which means ‘lonely death.’ It is characterized by the fact that in this prosperous country corpses often remain undiscovered for a long time.
Many old Japanese prefer to die in their apartments because they no longer want to communicate with other people. According to psychologists, this behavior results from stress and high social expectations.
Here is a bit of terrifying statistics:
Statistics regarding kodokushi are often incomplete or inaccurate. Japan’s national broadcasting network reported that 32,000 old people nationwide died alone in 2009. The kodokushi numbers tripled from 1983 to 1994, with 1,049 lonely deaths recorded in Tokyo alone in 1994. In 2008, this number reached 2,200. Similar numbers were registered in 2011. One private company in Osaka reported that 20% of the moving jobs (from a total of 300 per year) involved removing the belongings of people who died lonely deaths. Approximately 4.5% of funerals in 2006 involved instances of kodokushi.
The most common victims of lonely deaths are men over 50 and people older than 65.
The story of Kathryn Norris has stirred the public. Here is what Internet users wrote:
How to help a lonely elderly person
The elderly may tend to be reclusive, but only because they don’t want to impose. Often, old people are embarrassed to ask for help even from relatives, to say nothing of those who have neither relatives nor close people left.
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How to help a lonely elderly woman or man? Here are some tips:
- Just stop and talk with your elderly neighbor if you run into them on the street.
- Offer practical help (for example, to go to a pharmacy or to take them to the doctor).
- Treat them to something delicious. This is a good reason to spend time with a lonely person.
- Watch out for symptoms of an illness. Older people are especially vulnerable in the winter because cold weather increases the risk of colds.
We also recommend our readers to watch the TV series What Remains.
Next to Kathryn Norris’ garage door, they found an inspirational quote:
I may not be totally perfect, but parts of me are excellent.
Don’t stay indifferent, help those who are unhappy and lonely!
The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.