This incredibly poignant and articulate article is taken from Daily Undertaker www.dailyundertaker.com, I didn’t have the heart to paraphrase, it’s perfect as it stands:
Following his father’s death, Singaporean designer and artist, Darryl Ng created a series of ten illustrations based upon 5 proverbs relating to death. The proverbs are taken from Chinese, Latin and English language traditions.
"Living in Asia provides me with a gamut of perspectives on death. There are interesting differences in the ways different cultures cope with death. The obvious reaction for most people is one of mourning but there are many communities that celebrate death because they believe the dichotomy between the self and the universe is false, and that our bodies are merely material." - Darryl Ng
The proverbs themselves, whether immediately familiar to us or not, have the same quality of universality. The repetition of these maxims seems to have worn out their impact and what remains are pat and dismissive answers to complex and compelling questions. Combining them with Ng’s illustrations brings them back into relevance and allows them to challenge us with a fresh look at their meanings in our own lives.