Commemorating death

Remembering the dead
Commemorating ancestors
Celebrating death
Honouring past dead
In the period following the first World War, the entire population of the UK (and some other Commonwealth countries) stopped whatever they were doing at 11.00 every November 11 in remembrance of the moment of signing the armistice at the end of World War I. Due partly to public apathy and partly to the different ceasefire dates of World War II, the official UK Poppy Day service was moved to the Sunday nearest November 11; for many years the armistice hour was virtually ignored by the majority. Interest has again risen incredibly, also amongst the young, who visit old military sites and have established an Association for Military Remembrance. However, the continuing task of honouring and commemorating the dead of both world wars is a busy and endless task in the final years of the millennium, with one event almost overrunning another.

The Mexican Day of the Dead is as big an event as Easter or Christmas. Families make elaborate household altars with photos of dead relatives, and there are street parades of skeletons, fireworks and feasting. It is a day for remembering those who have died and for acknowledging one's own mortality.

The Internet Garden of Remembrance is described by DeathNET as "an imaginative way for a family member or friend to be immortalized in cyberspace, with their obituary kept online and available to be read by anyone in the world with access to a computer and modem for as many years as wanted".

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D: Detailed strategies