the way death is absolutely inherently part of viennese culture is such a nice and calming thing to know. like did you know that vienna has the only cemetery just for people who committed suicide? it is at a place where many people who killed themselves by jumping into the danube turned up, most of whom were buried immediately. it is called the cemetery of the nameless. 1840 the first person was buried there, and by 1900, thanks to the help of the workers union, it became an official cemetery. the last person was buried either 1940 or 53, since then they get buried at another cemetery. every coffin was donated by a carpenter. until 1996 there was a voluntary undertaker, josef fuchs, who gave every grave a cross and statue of jesus and took great care of the graveyard. every year at all souls a float of flowers is set free on the danube with flowers, candles and a gravestone with a dedication “to all the victims of the danube” and the plea to help the float carry on should it get stuck, in german, english, czech and hungarian.
man I love vienna sometimes, yes people are among the most unfriendliest you will ever meet, but honestly they do care, in a very quiet very dignified manner.