It is common that many elderly people have died alone. Usually when that happens, their stuff ends up getting sold at second hand markets. I suspect that old 1958 Zippo lighter that I bought on eBay was from an estate sale and the original owner has passed away. Anyway, I digress. Dying alone is a reality. Is it that horrible? In my opinion, no. If you are alone with no relationships and you pass away, nobody is going to be emotionally upset.