A fan posted about enacting real life ceremonies for his fallen Diablo 3 Hardcore Character funerals, and included some pictures impressive enough to make the rest of us admire his dedication and/or question his sanity. Here’s the quote:
When one of my heroes dies, I take his death screenshot, the one the game saves (or a shot of his “ghost” from the menu, if he dies to DC and there is no screenshot) and rename it with his hero name and date of death. Then I write a story about him and his adventures on Sanctuary, and save that along with his screenshot with the same file name, and zip them up together in my D3 folder to review and remember at times in the future.
Grimiku: I have no ceremony, only a seething need for revenge. Suizogg Viletongue always gets a quick death and a curse whenever I find him/her for killing my Barbarian in Crumbling Vault, for instance.
I celebrate their virtual lives by creating new heroes to slay hordes of demons in their memory.
Grimiku: Well done, that’s good enough for me!
The weirdest part is that the OP’s funeral pyre example was for a level 23 Demon Hunter. Level 23!? So was that like, the most meaningful 45 minutes of gaming time ever, or what? I’m reminded of people who celebrate wildly their one-week anniversary.
That aside, I can see honoring your fallen Hardcore characters, if you’re the type of person who experiences human emotions and sentiment and is therefore destined to perhaps not die alone. My usual hardcore character ceremony, after the ritual “staring at the screen in disbelief because bullshit,” is to make a forum post drawing attention to whatever janky game mechanic is to blame, and then creating a new character of the same class/name with an extra “I” after the name. (Or sometimes a “V”. No “X,” yet.)