Death and the Afterlife
Those that do experience near death, however, often report incredibly similar experiences to one another- though the language used to describe those experiences is frequently culturally specific. And according to these recounted stories, the individual is usually abruptly aware of their death at the moment it occurs; if they were unconscious beforehand, this feeling is often described almost as if awakening from normal sleep- moving into awareness from the blackness of unconsciousness. If they died suddenly while conscious, however, it often feels more like taking a physyical step away from one's mortal body. Those who have been been brought back from the brink of death desribe the healing process in similar terms- expressing that it feels much like stepping back into their body in the same way as death feels like stepping out of it. By contrast, however, individuals who have been resurrected frequently decribe the process as being forcefully yanked back, and shoved into their body again- often unwillingly, and quite painfully.
O, Anndra. For all that it may be worth to you, I'd very much like to never be resurrected again.
On the most basic of levels, as part of the process of creation a metaphysical power called a Spirit is formed from the Weave. The possession of the body by such a Spirit is what gives it essence, life, and a separate existence as an individual person. At death, the body and Spirit are separated from one another once again, ending this existence. Coming back is possible- but even in a world of such plentiful magic, few people come close to death and then live to actually tell about the experience.
Customs of DeathGoliath burial rites involve leaving their corpses on open cliffs for vultures. The cleaned bones are ground down into a fine powder, and used in body paint for spiritual rituals involving the ancestors. Dwarves,however, prefer a combination of cremation and entombment- building elaborate stone tombs in their citidels, filled to their brim with niches of ornate urns to house the ashes of the dead. After the events of the White War, Castians overhauled their entire belief system surrounding death- now performing semi-elaborate cremation ceremonies in an effort to prevent their dead from rising against them yet again.
Funerary and burial customs are as varied and numerous as the races themselves are, and so too are their names for the Afterlife; each culture weaves their own complex web of traditions and beliefs unique to them.