MPR's series "Death Becomes Us" has me wondering how you deal with death and remember your dead friends and family. From the project:
Throughout history, civilizations have developed ways to deal with and honor the dead. From embalming to cremation, funeral services to burial ceremonies, the rituals of death tell us a lot about the living. What do our customs say about our society? And how do our practices shape the way we view our final fate?
I have to turn the question over, because I think our customs and the way we view "our final fate" comes from our personal beliefs about an afterlife or lack thereof. Whether or not you'd like to talk about that, please share your perspective, opinion, or experience:
- Have you planned your own funeral? What will it be like for your survivors? Did you plan the music or the money or both?
- Is there a death ritual or custom from another society you would like to see in the U.S.?
- What is the most moving gift or item you've seen at a grave marker?
Interactive Producer, Minnesota Public Radio
*If you have photos of headstones or gifts left at graves, please share them on Minnesota Life (interesting twist, that) and tag them with "grave sights"