At the scale of environmental infrastructure, death has a sort of permanence. Space allocated both physically (cemeteries or mausoleums) and mentally (memories). Thoughts on how we approach honoring life, studying grief, memory vs. identity, cultural implications and defining loss.
We all approach this situation differently, some social some reclusive by nature. This reaction is totally vernacular. My interest falls along the line of preparation, ritual and performance. In a way we should celebrate the end of life, just as we do the beginning (albeit it is painful to let someone exit your life).