Okay the title is very morbid, but I have always been curious about this subject. How come different cultures have differents ways of seeing of the dead?
For example, in Mexico death is more of a celebration of the loved ones lives, instead of being extremely dark and gloomy. They even have celebrations such as the Day of the Dead to not only bring them back, but also to celebrate and appreciate their lives.
In the United States, funerals take on a different role, and it is meant to remember, rather than celebrate a life well-lived. Funerals are usually very solemn and rarely festive, like the Mexican culture.
How can you explain these differences? How do other cultures, say "goodbye"?