Respect for the dead is usually assumed, but the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej is commanding much more than that. Even if Thais are given to expressing their grief quietly, but deeply, the national outpouring of sorrow is visceral. As it would be for someone with such mythical stature.
It is hard to make a cold-eyed assessment of such a figure, partly because of Thailand's draconian lese majeste laws, which render any commentary on the monarchy (or worse, individual members of the royal family) extremely dangerous to a reporter's continued existence. But also partly because it risks speaking ill of the dead, especially of someone who was beloved by millions.
The issue, in my mind, is this elevation to demi-god status. Because the Thai concept of king as god-man is actually a reasonably modern creation.