Meet the Fatalities: Exposure, Neve

In THE LAST GHOST, the Death that comes to end a person's life depends on the nature of the cause of death. There are 16 deaths, called Fatalities, in the book. Over the next 16 days, we will meet one Fatality each day, and discuss which heartbreaking fictional character death belongs with each character.

Meet the Eighth Fatality, Exposure, Commonly Referred to as Neve

"She saw Neve, an old expected death, a death for exposure to the elements or starvation as a long beam of light blue. All the colors of the rainbow moved on the ice floe like a pyrotechnic display at a concert, a big concert, one of those concerts that some charity would take her cases to before she came for them. It would be beautiful, if it wasn’t so horrifying."--The Last Ghost

Neve is an expected death, and although she is a more minor character in THE LAST GHOST, starvation and exposure to the elements are still very real threats to people all over the world.

Here is one way you can help with the famine in East Africa:


In fiction, characters are often close to freezing to death, or starving to death, but help usually comes in time.

I am thinking of all of the plane crashes in the mountains books. Hatchet! I am looking at you, Hatchet!

Not so the case for Old Sam McGee

“Well, he seemed so low that I couldn't say no; then he says with a sort of moan:
"It's the cursed cold, and it's got right hold till I'm chilled clean through to the bone.
Yet 'tain't being dead -- it's my awful dread of the icy grave that pains;
So I want you to swear that, foul or fair, you'll cremate my last remains."

A pal's last need is a thing to heed, so I swore I would not fail;
And we started on at the streak of dawn; but God! he looked ghastly pale.
He crouched on the sleigh, and he raved all day of his home in Tennessee;
And before nightfall a corpse was all that was left of Sam McGee.” The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service

What other fictional characters do you think would have receive Neve? Do you think that some fatalities have easier case loads than the others?