Why people fear dead-bodiesI've observed many people who, apparently, are scared of dead bodies. Even when it is their own family members/relatives who has died, they're seen staying at a distance from the dead body.
In my neighbourhood an old man died. His wife was sitting beside the body lying on the ground in the veranda and was crying. The couple had no issues. Their relatives were coming inside but stayed at a distance of almost 3 metres at the threshold and flung coins towards the old widow. Nobody came closer to her to console her. My elder brother's wife couldn't bear all this and she went closer and sat beside the dead body and then hugged the old lady. No sooner than she hugged her, the old woman began to cry loudly because in that crisis she badly needed someone to support her emotionally.
Is it just fear or are there any other reasons for people being reluctant to go nearer to the dead body? Please share your views and experiences, if any.