How the World Says Goodbye

The Modern Loss guide to mourning rituals across the globe

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From a festive graveside picnic in Mexico to an elaborate gift-giving ceremony in India to a days-long fast in Ghana, here are some ways in which peoples around the world mark the passing of a loved one. Click through the interactive map below to learn more about various national, regional, religious and tribal funeral and memorial customs. It is sourced with permission from “Death Warmed Over: Funeral Food, Rituals, and Customs from Around the World” by Lisa Rogak.  If you want to tell Modern Loss about other such customs, email us at hello@modernloss.com. When you’re done exploring the map, be sure to check out these recipes favored by mourners across the globe.

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