To be fair, it's not like Holden's obsession with death is entirely unwarranted. This stuff is everywhere, right down to the money that paid for his dormitory at Pencey Prep. We're talking about old Ossenburger, the wealthy alumnus Holden discusses in Chapter Three. Even we're depressed by the fact that Pencey built buildings out of money earned by a chain of bargain funeral parlors. Just another reminder that in Holden's world, death is everywhere.