The Italians are very public about death. They post notices in the streets announcing anniversaries and funerals. The Irish have a similar attitude (there's a theme emerging). Each morning they announce the deaths, anniversaries and preparations for funerals on their local radio stations. Far removed from our custom of discrete notices in the newspaper. The Italians and Irish appear to mark death in a most vigorous and community way. I fiirst noticed this in Veneto in the north. The Sicilians do the same. The main street has numerous pasted notices, each announcing a different set of funerals or anniversries.