(Hope I'm doing this right, I'm new to DW, my apologies for any mistakes.)
I'm starting a story/novella/thing which is about mortality and how people deal with it. It will probably be magic realism and have some spiritual elements. (One of the characters will be the personification of death, another willl be immortal, there will be ghosts etc.)
Right now I'm just in the early stages and trying to immerse myself in as much info as possible.
What I want to know is this: How do different religions and cultures conceptualize death and dying?
Is death viewed as something bad or evil, something positive, or something neutral, that "just happens"?
Is it possible to avoid it? How does the religion view immortality?
Does your religion/philosophy have a personification of death, and what are they like?
Is there a concept of a "soul" ?
What are the rituals around honoring the deceased, and why are they performed?
What happens afterwards?
I've already trawled Google, but I also wanted to get some reliable info from people who actually belong to different faiths.
Any resources and info would be much appreciated! :)