Our Strange, Unsettled History of Mourning


When Yaksha asked Yudhishthira,”What is the greatest wonder?” Yudhishthira replied,”Day after day countless people die. Yet the living wish to live forever. O Lord, what can be a greater wonder?”

Today’s needull talks about different mourning customs from across the world.

“But otherwise it’s as though death has settled on him like a sheet, the contours of his personality smoothed over by the fact that he died. I don’t know if this is what people mean when they talk about accepting grief; I hope it goes away.”

The article

The New Yorker — Andrea DenHoed