This approach seems so incongruous to me given the religion it tends to be cloaked in. After death, heaven. If all of us are such true believers, why not celebrate? It seems that, in too many places, the doubters have won. If there is no promised land, then there is indeed reason to mourn. What if the departed are not, actually, in a better place?
I love to visit graveyards. I find their peacefulness enchanting. The bright ones are all the better. Why not rejoice in a life well-lived? Why not make a grave a place someone will want to visit? Go and remember.
So many seem to think that if they just ignore death, or push it into some gray corner, it won’t come knocking for us. Why not acknowledge it? Why not just view it as a logical next step? Why not paint a tombstone pink?
For those who need a reason to visit a cemetery, All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2), All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1), or the Day of the Dead, which seems to span from All Hallows’ Eve through Nov. 2, are good times to go. It could be the start of a mind-expanding habit.