Originally Posted by Yosemite
Epona - it is also quite popular here to put a memorial in the local paper every year on the anniversary of a deceased loved one. The newspapers have pre-prepared memorials/remembrances you can choose from if you do not wish to write your own.
Thanks, interesting information! Sorry if I've derailed the thread a bit, I love learning about and looking at the differences between our cultures- as much as we are "two nations divided by a common language"
similar can be said of our cultures too and it's something I find fascinating.
It wouldn't even occur to me to want an obituary in the paper, as long as my nearest and dearest knew of my demise and where to show up to drink themselves silly in memory of my life that would be fine and I can't think that anyone else beyond my immediate family and circle of friends would be that interested.
It is an aspect of culture that I find particularly interesting, I used to work in the death/funerary industry so it is something I for a few years spent my working day thinking about, and have read quite a lot of research about funerary practices, memorialisation etc - and I think obits are maybe seen as gaining a small amount of recognition, perhaps putting off for a couple of days your exit from this world (in print if not in body) - much in the same spirit as the Romans with their dedicated altars and tombstones - a tiny piece of immortality, even though that print too will fade.... "My name is Ozymandius...." to quote Shelley.