Dolce vita interrupted

September 17, 2015 § 3 Comments

porta sigillata When I think of Rome, I often think of the parties on the terraces portrayed by the movie  “The Great Beauty.” My friend Alice once reminded me that there is absolutely nothing in life like drinking an aperitif in good company in Campo dei Fiori, a square full of open-air cafes in the heart of the city. However, social isolation exists in the capital of the “dolce vita,” the Italian sweet life. Today the mummified corpse of a 62-year old woman was found two years after her death in Rome. The door was forced open only because the rent was overdue. What is stunning is that the neighbors could not make sense of the smell and they even taped the woman’s door to protect themselves, as you can see in the picture. Who knows, maybe this is a sign that they could not imagine that someone could die alone a few steps away.

The article in Italian is here:


§ 3 Responses to Dolce vita interrupted

  • Kim says:

    Wow! What a powerful reality. I often wonder how to support fellow living-alone people. But, how do we help folks who shun a sense of community and isolate themselves?

  • Ruby in Gotham says:

    In the absence of family, it is so important that we make every effort to create one from our community so that we will be seen, understood, and missed quickly so another sad story like this can be prevented.

  • How to help person that are likely isolated? Being aware of them is a first step. Starting a conversation, indicate yourself as a resource are other options.

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