Mourning is, in the simplest sense, synonymous with grief over the death of someone. The word is also used to describe a cultural complex of behaviours in which the bereaved participate or are expected to participate. Customs vary between different cultures and evolve over time, though many core behaviors remain constant.

Wearing black clothes is one practice followed in many countries, though other forms of dress are also seen. Those most affected by the loss of a loved one often observe a period of grieving, marked by withdrawal from social events and quiet, respectful behavior. People may also follow certain religious traditions for such occasions.

Mourning may also apply to the death of, or anniversary of the death of, an important individual like a local leader, monarch, religious figure etc. State mourning may occur on such an occasion. In recent years some traditions have given way to less strict practices, though many customs and traditions continue to be followed.

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Famous quotes containing the word mourning:

    Comfort, comfort ye my people, speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
    comfort those who sit in darkness mourning ‘neath their sorrows’ load.
    Speak ye to Jerusalem of the peace that waits for them;
    tell her that her sins I cover, and her warfare now is over.
    Johann G. Olearius (1611–1684)

    Who comes into this country, and has come
    Where golden crocus and narcissus bloom,
    Where the Great Mother, mourning for her daughter
    And beauty-drunken by the water
    Glittering among grey-leaved olive-trees,
    Has plucked a flower and sung her loss....
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    Ring out your bells, let mourning shows be spread.
    Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)