All around the world, people have different ways of honoring those who have died. In some countries, these are serious and in some cultures more festive. Here are some sample activities to build cross-cultural awareness and respect, from the book Hands Around the World by Susan Milord:
- Compare ways people honor the dead, such as Obon or Dia de los Meurtos.
- Stamp adinkra designs. Adinkra cloth is worn at funerals in Ghana.
- Make sugar skulls.
- Make gravestone rubbings to explore the beautiful art or imagine the lives of historical deceased.
The main effect of these activities is to make death less fearsome. You will know best how much your children can handle.