While it is a tragic event, there is no use denying that death is a part of everyday life, and that one must cope with the eventual demise of their loved ones. As a result, people have developed various measures to deal with the death of others who were close to them, either by giving what is due to the dead or by doing something completely different. These customs are invariably influenced by how a culture sees death and what they think happens after one has departed from this world. Your exercise is to develop how one of your culture sees death, what kind of rituals are associated with it and how do people cope with the demise of their loved ones. You can use the following questions to help you develop your culture’s perspective. Is death seen in a positive, negative, or neutral light? Why? Is there a stigma to dying in a particular situation? If so, why? Do people believe that there is a soul in the body? If so, how do they see the soul? Is there any ritual that the dying must go through or can go through? After a person has died, is anything done to their bodies? Are there any rituals that concern a dead person? Are people who are close to death considered special in the culture? Why (not)? Does this culture consider death and birth to be related? Why (not)? How does this culture view the cycle of life? Do they think that there is a cycle of life at all? How do people react to the loss of their loved ones? Is death so common that it is but a fact of life? Do people even grieve or do they even need some sort of a coping mechanism? Is murder viewed in a positive, negative or a neutral light? Why? Is life considered to be sacred? Is death considered to be sacred? Why (not)? Is there any well-known tradition which everybody performs for the dead? Think of a funeral for example. Is the religion of the culture involved with death at all, or does death not fall under the matters it handles? Are there special people who can or must perform rituals for the dead or on the dead? If so, what are those rituals, and what is their significance? What is believed to happen to the body after all rituals associated with the dead are performed on it? Does the culture have any concept of afterlife? If so, what is afterlife like in their opinion? Do people believe that the dead can interact with the living in some manner? If so, how? Are the dead considered sacred? Why (not)?