Death — or perhaps, the commemoration of death — is always tied to politics and power.
At a societal level, whose death is celebrated, ritualized? Whose death goes unacknowledged, unrecorded?
Death tells you which communities are valued, which are considered expendable, and by whom.
Death tells you about the social systems of a society: how power operates, what is considered sacred, what rituals are considered holy and which are sacrilegious.
Death tells you how people and professions becomes symbols and how that symbolism manifests through existing networks of communication. It tells you what acts society considers heroic and which it considers obscene, or inconsequential.
Death, or the commemoration of death, is never neutral. It reveals profound truths about society.