With 2016 continuing to be the year of death, losing David Bowie, Prince, Harper Lee, Alan Rickman, Victoria Wood, Ronnie Corbett, Terry Wogan, Admiral Ackbar, and what seems to be the majority of the western hemisphere, death is the one thing that all societies have to deal with (unless your society is one of omnipotent immortals, à la Michael Moorcock’s Dancers at the End of Time, naturally).

How they view death in a philosophical sense, and how they deal with the practical side, can vary wildly, and can also tell us a great deal about the kind of society we are dealing with. Is death something to be feared, or something to embrace? Is a funeral a solemn ceremony, a cheerful celebration of a life, or a clinical procedure? Let’s take a look.

Example: Garland hated funerals. The chanting, the incense, the gilded bloody everything. Those ridiculous mourners purchased from the city square. The six-course feast was the only redeeming feature, and even that was more for show than for practicality; most of it would end up being thrown out. Typical of the old bat. That and the amount of money spent on frescoes, carvings and statues for her marble tomb – as if she could even see them from whatever hell she was currently residing in. The family would have to keep paying through the nose to guard the thing from graverobbers. Still, at least she was gone.

Here we can see a society where a person’s funeral is a status symbol. The more important a person or family is (or at least, the more important they believe themselves to be), the more lavish their funeral arrangements will be. We can see how this makes lucrative work for professional mourners, and how wasteful it can be when it comes to the food that is prepared and the artworks that are commissioned only to be locked away.

We can also see a fairly definite belief in an afterlife (in fact, multiple afterlives), or at the very least the vestigial remnants of belief in an afterlife. This is a religious ceremony with much pomp and circumstance. It tells us that there is a strong class system where the wealthy and important are preoccupied with looking the part, however impractical and expensive it may be.

But that needn’t be the case. Consider a society with scarce resources, else one where class and spirituality aren’t afforded as much importance as Garland’s. Would they have similar attitudes toward funerals and death?

Example: Helen flipped the switch on the recycler. Her mother’s body should at least be worth the disposal fee. There’d be enough reclaimed carbon and nitrogen. The calcium would be useful too. Most of it was more likely to go through the bio-scrubbers for fertiliser. Just as well, really. They needed all the help they could get up there.

This society is clearly one with limited resources, and a much more practical attitude towards death. There appears not to be much in the way of sentimentality or squeamishness regarding the disposal of human remains; they simply recycle whatever they need and use the rest as much-needed fertiliser.

There is no mention here of religion or spirituality; no indication that the society believes in a soul or an afterlife. There is simply the matter of the resources available, and what to do with them.

How might your society deal with death and the disposal of bodies? Do they have beliefs about the nature of death which may inform their opinion of it, or do they see it simply as a clinical process? How do they conduct funerals (if they do at all)? And what happens to the body?

ciprofloxacin dosage viagra dosage cialis coupons cialis generic ciprofloxacin 500mg lexapro withdrawal symptoms cipro and tendonitis levitra 20 mg cost walmart side effects of azithromycin 250 mg viagra activate azithromycin pediatric dosing side effects of finasteride 5mg tamoxifen bijwerkingen side effects of acyclovir lexapro side effects what is azithromycin viagra alternatives levitra prices cialis daily discount cialis generic for cialis viagra ohne rezept aus deutschland azithromycin pregnancy category viamedic cialis cialis patent expiration date extended ciprofloxacin 500mg antibiotics withdrawal from lexapro acyclovir 200mg cialis viagra tablets side effects of cialis cialis patent expiration 2017 generic for lexapro acyclovir for shingles cialis from canada lexapro medication levitra rezeptfrei deutschland levitra 10 mg prezzo ciprofloxacin 500 mg tabletten cialis online finasteride 5 mg tab escitalopram effets secondaires azithromycin side effects acyclovir dosage viagra effects cialis dosage revatio vs viagra viagra ohne rezept auf rechnung finasteride efectos secundarios viagra for men what does ciprofloxacin treat ciprofloxacin finasteride vs dutasteride viagra vs cialis ciprofloxacin hcl finasteride 5mg side effects mayo clinic thuoc azithromycin zithromax dosage lexapro manufacturer website tamoxifen and foods to avoid finasteride reviews what is azithromycin used for cialis voucher cialis vs viagra cialis 30 day sample viagra alternative cialis 5mg ciprofloxacin hcl 500 mg cialis coupons from manufacturer cialis or viagra cialis copay card tamoxifen citrate escitalopram oxalate finasteride permanent side effects ciprofloxacin drug class what is cipro vardenafil 20mg lexapro weight gain ciprofloxacin 500mg tablets cipro drug class 9 levitra at walmart azithromycin three times a week zithromax lexapro vs wellbutrin azithromycin viagra sex celexa vs lexapro cialis sample cheap viagra levitra viagra nebenwirkungen levitra dosage pfizer viagra coupons from pfizer side effects lexapro side effects of ciprofloxacin 500 mg online cialis azithromycin tablets what is ciprofloxacin used for ciprofloxacin side effects after age 60 lexapro dosage canadian cialis viagra on line levitra online cipro side effects lexapro benefits for women cialis coupon what does azithromycin treat cialis prices viagra pill viagra without a doctor prescription zovirax for cold sores finasteride 5mg tab zithromax antibiotic cialis without a doctor’s prescription generic lexapro buy cialis online what does finasteride do is lexapro a controlled substance viagra wiki what does viagra do viagra price viagra natural azithromycine eg 500 mg bijsluiter viagra costs azithromycin uses what is acyclovir used for stopping lexapro buy generic viagra viagra kaufen tamoxifen therapy cipro uses levitra without a doctor prescription cipro side effects in elderly order viagra lexapro generic name acyclovir 800 mg lexapro side effects in men escitalopram 10 mg para que sirve side effects of lexapro ciprofloxacin 500 mg escitalopram nebenwirkungen ciprofloxacin side effects azithromycin for uti cialis coupon print viagra generico how long does viagra last over the counter viagra daily cialis generic cialis cialis vs viagra viagra 100 mg azithromycin drug class cialis for daily use levitra 20 mg cyalis azithromycin and alcohol cialis patent expiration escitalopram 10 mg how to wean off lexapro lexapro vs zoloft ciprofloxacin uses azithromycin tablet cialis 5 mg cialis pharmacy prices finasteride tablets azithromycin dosage cilias levitra 20 mg precio farmacia finasteride side effects what is escitalopram tamoxifen lawsuits weaning off lexapro cialis tadalafil viagra pills generic cialis at walmart finasteride long term effects what is finasteride used for viagra on line no prec women viagra side effects of tamoxifen first few days on lexapro cialis coupons 2017 escitalopram 10mg cialis pills cheap levitra how to wean off lexapro without withdrawals what is cipro usually prescribed for ciprofloxacin drops viagra receptfritt ciprofloxacin coverage how long for azithromycin to take effect acyclovir vs valacyclovir viagra without a doctor prescription usa tamoxifen side effects in women over 55 viagra cost is azithromycin wellbutrin and lexapro what is cialis lexapro viagra vs cialis cialis for men natural viagra azithromycin liquid lexapro and wellbutrin combination therapy finasteride 5mg finasteride for women cialis samples what is ciprofloxacin prescribed for common side effects of ciprofloxacin 500 mg generic levitra buying viagra levitra coupons cialis free trial viagra from canada finasteride effets secondaires escitalopram 20 mg zithromax 500 mg levitra erfahrungen ciprofloxacin used for cialis pills for sale escitalopram side effects viagra sans ordonnance what is lexapro lexapro dosing cipro antibiotic effects of stopping lexapro suddenly levitra bayer 20mg meilleur prix cipro viagra for sale uk zovirax ointment online viagra ciprofloxacin nebenwirkungen viagra bestellen what bacteria does ciprofloxacin kill ciprofloxacin dosierung how to take cialis free cialis viagra pillen kruidvat tamoxifen interaction azithromycin coverage cialis coupons printable acyclovir 800 mg for shingles tamoxifen side effects in women viagra cialis what is cipro used for cialis price side effects of lexapro in women side effects of viagra what is lexapro for viagra 100mg cialis 30 day trial coupon what is azithromycin for lexapro 10mg ciprofloxacin hcl 500 mg side effects finasteride 5mg side effects does lexapro cause weight gain cialis side effects viagra coupons cost of cialis cialis cost cost of viagra finasteride dosage liquid cialis buy cialis ciprofloxacin bnf viagra single packs acyclovir for cold sores cialis trial acyclovir ointment 5 levitra vs viagra is tamoxifen chemotherapy pfizer viagra viagra canada cialis 20 mg lexapro side effects men what does ciprofloxacin 500mg treat viagra medicine viagra samples cealis buy levitra online ciprofloxacin side effects in women zovirax dosage effects of stopping finasteride free viagra azithromycin 500 mg azithromycin 500 zovirax cream azithromycin 500mg vardenafil vs viagra generic viagra 100mg sophia viagra levitra prezzo in farmacia ciprofloxacin ophthalmic solution cialis generic tadalafil post finasteride syndrome buy viagra cialis discount azithromycin for pneumonia what is acyclovir for lexapro overdose azithromycin 250mg tablets 6 pack what is tamoxifen used for ciprofloxacin 500 ciprofloxacin spc levitra vs viagra for hardness finasteride hair loss azithromycin medscape lexapro 10 mg cialis reviews zithromax z-pak what is ciprofloxacin cialis 5mg daily cialis for bph buy generic levitra when will cialis go generic what is lexapro used for propecia price cialis how does acyclovir work azithromycin pregnancy viagra finasteride results acyclovir 800mg viagra for sale viagra wikipedia ciprofloxacin eye drops lexapro for anxiety tamoxifen and bone pain ciprofloxacin hydrochloride ophthalmic viagra 100mg tablets retail price viagra tablet canada cialis cipro 500 finasteride for hair loss viagra online cialis canadian pharmacy lexapro withdrawal viagra substitute herbal viagra how does viagra work viagra generic azithromycine how much does cialis cost lowest cialis prices what is acyclovir lexapro reviews female viagra cialis for women nolvadex escitalopram generic viagra ciprofloxacin dose levitra 20mg cost per pill cialis on line cialis alternative azithromycin 250mg cialis medication cipro antibiotics discount viagra ciprofloxacin hydrochloride acyclovir 400 mg best price viagra side effects of lexapro 10 mg generic cialis tadalafil cipro dangers cialis canada acyclovir dosage for cold sores acyclovir cream finasteride and enlarged prostate propecia side effects what works better than viagra azithromycin eye drops side effects of ciprofloxacin cialis for sale viagra coupon viagra en ligne livraison 24h finasteride medication viagra uk levitra vs viagra how does cialis work buy viagra online viagra 50mg viagra vs cialis vs levitra cialis generic availability how to use viagra tamoxifen cost lexapro and weight gain in women cialis testimonials finasteride 1mg ciprofloxacin hcl 500 mg tab sex viagra for women side effects of finasteride tamoxifen ciprofloxacin 500 mg for urinary tract infection acyclovir side effects lexapro para que sirve is azithromycin penicillin ciprofloxacin class azithromycin 250 azithromycin without a doctor’s prescription viagra 100 viagra for women viagra vs cialis vs levitra tamoxifen langzeitfolgen lexapro vs celexa lexapro 20mg azithromycin vs erythromycin lexapro coupons lexapro side effects in women levitra 20 mg von bayer cheap cialis azithromycin 5 day dose pack how does lexapro work cialis website wholesale cialis azithromycin class viagra prices zovirax lexapro and weight loss utilisation viagra viagra soft ciprofloxacin 250mg erectile dysfunction cialis cialis 10 mg side effects of azithromycin how long for lexapro to work levitra generic tamoxifen and weight gain 200 cialis coupon cialis 20mg directions where to buy viagra is ciprofloxacin a penicillin canadian viagra acyclovir 800 mg 5 times a day cialis otc cialis 20mg finasteride 5 mg ciprofloxacin 250 mg canada viagra lexapro and weight gain azithromycin 250 mg treatment what is viagra cialis effects what is tamoxifen cialis professional tamoxifen side effects acyclovir lexapro dosages what infections does ciprofloxacin treat lexapro generic what is finasteride acyclovir dose cialis pricing lexapro 5mg cipro dosage ciprofloxacin for dogs lexapro bula cialis dosage strengths cialis cheap cialis savings card finasteride buy levitra how to get off lexapro equipe argentine viagra viagra tesco cipro for uti tamoxifen nebenwirkungen antibiotic ciprofloxacin cialas cialis samples overnight azithromycin 500 erfahrungen acyclovir medication acyclovir ointment cialis coupon 20 mg acyclovir dosing cialis dosage recommendations azithromycine 250 mg zoloft vs lexapro acyclovir 400mg azithromycin 250 mg finasteride side effects in men azithromycin for strep throat ciprofloxacin 500mg antibiotics side effects azithromycin z pak levitra coupon zovirax pills generic levitra vardenafil 20mg viagra side effects levitra 20mg azithromycin cost