What did Neil Gaiman mean when he stated that “death is the great democracy”?

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He simply means that death is the great leveler; despite the differences there may be between us in life in terms of wealth, race, social status, and so on, we're all equal in death. The graveyard itself is not a democracy, as Gaiman makes clear. This is because some of the dead have more elaborate gravestones than others, or are more fondly remembered. But those gravestones are part of the living world they've left behind, and so have no impact on the voices of the dead, all of which are equal in this post-mortem democracy. And so all the spirits in the graveyard get to have their say in whether or not Bod, the living child, should be allowed to stay.

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