In the 2014 documentary about counterculture pied piper, Timothy Leary, what's hammered is that mortality remains taboo. That's despite Leary's best efforts to enlighten his followers about the reality of the dying process.
Currently there are plenty of books nudging us to embrace that one day we are going to die. Among the most enchanting is"Tour of Bones." That was published in 2014, just shortly after the author, Denise Inge, died of cancer. And in spiritual centers, the meme is how to make death a friend, not an enemy.
Ironically, at the same time, suicide is on the rise in atypical populations, such as middle-class whites.
There are all different ways to blow up taboos. The Pill did that for Puritan-like attitudes about sex. Elaborate memorials for our deceased animal companions brought pet grief out of the closet.
Maybe "SNL" type humor will bring the reality of death out of the shadows. Next Halloween costumes can be the outfit we plan to be buried in. Mine will be a dress with a plunging neckline, showcasing perfect (leased) breasts. You bet, I plan to pay the undertaker plenty for that.