There's a lot to be said for dying and the rituals that do and often do not follow. This new editorial in the NY Times claims that we've abandoned the rituals or replaced them with trivial new ones.
I don't think I agree. I think we just continue to evolve. However, that said, I do think it's critically important for those most griveing to see their loved one dead. Anyone who has can honestly say that they are no longer there.
Whatever happens when you die, whatever spirit - however you define it -- leaves. There's no other way to describe it really. It's weird, disturbing, sad and freeing. And more.
So, read this (if it links) and think about it.