|Cementerio de la Recoleta - Buenos Aires - Argentina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
During my stay with a local Argentine couple, there were two occurrences of deaths that happened within the family. The first time, I didn't ask too many questions but assumed that they deal with death the way we do in North America. But the 2nd time around, a brief interaction with the girl that lived in the house led to a startling revelation. The conversation went like this:
"My grandmother passed away yesterday"
"Oh, I'm sorry to here that" (me)
"Thanks....yeah we are gonna go bury her today"
I walked away for a few brief minutes and then the conversation sank it and I went back to my housemate and asked her if when someone passes away in Argentine culture, it seems as if the funeral is the next day. She confirmed to me that in their culture, burial is very quick and can even happen on the same day.