I'm a Polynesian, specifically Hawaiian. There are many Polynesian traditions surrounding death and the end-of-life. However, our family and cultural traditions focus on celebrating life. We do have a mourning portion to the celebrations, because sorrow can be cleansing. But the main focus of the funeral and other attached events is remembering their vibrance, love, and the things they did in their lifetime. It's like a giant party where everyone comes together to celebrate being alive. This celebration is a stark contrast to funerals I have been to that are not Polynesian--where people focus on their personal connection, and the fact that they no longer have access to that. We believe that death is merely a step into the next plane of your existence.