DIFFERENT societies treat death and burial differently. In Papua New Guinea, the death of a family member or relative is a time when nuclear, extended, clan and tribal members come together to mourn the dead person for a few days or even weeks.
Every person that is present at the haus krai is related to the deceased in some way.
It is usual that no one says bad things about the deceased at the haus krai. Everyone says something good. Those who have bad things to say know when, where and who to share with.
It is increasingly evident that the haus krai is becoming an expensive exercise. Hospital morgues are now a transit place for the corpses of commoners.