Despite death being the one thing we all have in common people treat its arrival in a wide variety of ways. In this section we look at the different stages we pass through once death enters our lives.

From preparing the body, through its disposal, to what happens in the years that follow, the journey can involve professionals, or it can be undertaken by the deceased's community. How people deal with their dead can depend on beliefs, tradition, finances, and burial space.

By seeing how different people today have approached creating their own funeral or how cultures long ago thought about grief, we hope you will think about your own feelings and what's right for you.