Death is a sacred thing in the Empire and it is viewed as the natural end to life. Wee Jas, the Raven Queen is the recognized god of death in the Empire and her ravens are said to ferry the souls of the living to their afterlife. As such, it is illegal to kill a raven within the borders of the Empire. Each body is expected to have at the very least, a simple funeral with a cleric or priest to speak a blessing for the departed. The remains are either entombed, cremated or buried, with cremation being typically reserved for members of the military, burial common among commoners and entombing being reserved for the nobles, or the wealthy individuals who can afford such a luxury.
Defiling a body, regardless of their deeds in life is viewed as the ultimate taboo in Imperial culture with penalties ranging from death to banishment to the outer planes of suffering depending on the depravity of the crime. It is also considered to be very unlucky as these actions can result in the Raven Queen’s curse being played upon the parties responsible. It is believed that this harmonious and sacred approach to death is directly responsible for the lack of undead in the Empire. Though it also helps that necromancy is also illegal within Imperial borders with the exception of the Black Colleges in the nine city states where necromancy is studied only by registered clerics and wizards under independent supervision.