(A snappy title, I know). Someone in the village died today and a lady I am friendly with here told me that she and her family were going to visit the body, in his house, this evening. She said it was the local custom and had been for generations. She seemed surprised when I told her that in Britain, death is hidden away... decades ago we had this practise of "visiting" the dead person, but you would not find it anywhere in England now, I don't think. I find it healthy that death should be looked at, stared right in the face as it were... death as part of life. I think Americans are like the British with this, no? (Which reminds me of my wonderful neighbour who today said to me with a totally straight face that England was next to America!! Extraordinary ignorance...) I think death is also the great taboo with you, is that fair to say?