The grief must have drained out of the families that lost loved ones at Bonford Coal Company's mine disaster. Or else the locals, God fearing Southerners along the West Virginia/Kentucky coal belt, have grown numb to this sort of loss. They've lived through "Little Accidents" before.
And then there's the fear. Too much weeping, the wrong conversation with the press or a lawyer and the town's sole big employer could up and close down.