In my culture, mourning is so very different from the Western culture. Instead of wearing black, we wear white robes with hoods. We go to a temple to mourn the passing of a life and we have monks come to the home, bless it and play loud music to keep the spirits and demons away. A procession of family members and friends will walk through the town to take the deceased to their grave - you can see even seen this happen in Chinatown, San Francisco. When the casket is lowered to the ground, everyone is told to turn away from the body because facing the casket is telling the spirit that you want it stay, thus giving it a way to come back to the real world as a ghost. But this is just the way my culture mourns. I know everyone mourns differently, and about different things or people. They do it with tears, with anger, and sometimes with flame. So here is your exercise: Write a passage of mourning, it can be something from real life, a character witnessing someone else's death, or the death of a pet. You can even mourn the destruction of something inanimate, like a home burning down. Length doesn't matter, content does.