In the Japanese culture, with its mixture of Buddhist, Shinto, and folk beliefs, the bulk of grief work is focused in the first forty-nine days when the living express their sorrow and the community provides support. If grieving is not yet finished, as when the death was due to an act of violence, then more time is allowed. The Japanese celebrate all their ancestors during the summer Bon festival.
A longer version of this post was originally published by Lunch Ticket. http://lunchticket.org/dress-the-mouse-in-black/