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Ken Foote's Four Attitudes Towards Tragedies

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There are different ways to deal with tragedy or loss in a community. Many people sorrow over tragedies and others attempt to forget about what had happened. Ken Foote, a professor of Colorado Boulder, has studied how people respond to tragedies and has defined 4 attitudes towards memorials. The 4 attitudes are sanctification, rectification, obliteration, and designation. The most helpful attitude towards tragedies is designation. Designation is when people put up a sign indicating what had happened, but the area is not considered sacred. Have you ever been driving down the highway and noticed a cross on the side of the road? or been inside a graveyard and seen all the graves?. Those are examples of designation because they put up a sign
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