I always thought the "book of the dead" customs then were odd - but by the standards of many other countries what we do with our dead now is equally odd.
Most places find it strange the way we embalm bodies so heavily just to put them into the ground - in a coffin and cement vault no less. It's as if we are trying to protect them from the natural decomposition etc that comes with death - as we quote the "ashes to ashes" no less ;)
Perhaps in both strange rituals we are simply trying to defy death somehow...
I personally have no problem with death. I accept it as a part of life, but I think I would rather have photos of my loved ones while they were alive. In my opinion, once the vessel of the body isn't needed anymore there is no attachment to it because the spirit is free to do whatever.
I've always found the different customs and rituals surrounding death to be very intriguing. I was also born on Halloween and I tease my family all the time that I want to be cremated and have my urn placed out on the mantle for halloween so I can still scare people ;)