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The Big Picture: Celebrating death

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5897 (Published 02 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5897
  1. Richard Hurley, features and debates editor
  1. The BMJ
  1. rhurley{at}bmj.com
MARCO UGARTE/AP/PA

As millions of people in the United Kingdom took part in Hallowe’en this week, so others worldwide have been remembering the dead.

Mexico’s Day of the Dead, for example, is not sombre and has traditionally entailed people dressing up as dead relatives to have a picnic at their graves, but now the day is being celebrated on a grander scale. Last Saturday …

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