Monthly Archives: February 2012

Which Mortality Remindin’ Shirt is for You?

If you’re looking to spread mortality awareness through your apparel, look no further. Your first option is from a Buddhist website, hoping you’ll look toward your impermanence as a living creature. What… 

February 27, 2012 | Blog

Of Modern Mourning & Hair Leaves

As you may know, The Order is very big on the use of hair as a relic and tool of mourning. (See: Ask a Mortician Ep 5 & Hair Essay) Jenine Shereos, unbeknownst… 

February 23, 2012 | Blog

Dead Bodies Look Like Dead Bodies

Hey guys, Ampersand Gallery, in Portland, is having an exhibition of morgue photography from the 1930s. Oh. Whoops. The exhibition was in 2010. My bad. I’m putting these up anyway because they… 

February 21, 2012 | Blog

The Order & the Old Zoo

This past Sunday, the Los Angeles members of the Order of the Good Death visited the abandoned caves and cages and grottoes of the old Griffith Park Zoo. As a side note:… 

February 16, 2012 | Blog

In Dead Earnest

  IN DEAD EARNEST If I should die before I wake All my bone and sinew take Put them in the compost pile To decompose a little while Sun, rain and worms… 

February 15, 2012 | Blog

Green (not Soylent) Death Art

I’m just going to say it — Art surrounding natural burial can be tacky. “End of Life Shamans” who come to your house and burn incense and decorate your cardboard casket with… 

February 10, 2012 | Blog

Over my Decomposed Body

I am asked quite frequently about the “Body Farm,” the research facility at the University of Tennessee where they study rates of decomposition of the human body. The research helps them determine… 

February 5, 2012 | Blog

The Huffington Post


America’s (Kinda Dark) Sweetheart by Christian Josi Mortician And Newly-Minted Internet Sensation Caitlin Doughty Wants To Radically Change How We Think About Death, Dying And The Funeral Industry Though I am obviously… 

February 1, 2012 | Press

National Public Radio


Caitlin’s slow, low dulcet death tones have appeared on Public Radio three times- in New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Southern California. Click to listen to: To live and die in LA: Caitlin Doughty,… 

February 1, 2012 | Press



Benevolent Gawker Media Sister Site The first time Caitlin was featured on, she almost had a heart attack.  Since then, the bloom is not off the Gawker Media rose, although she… 

February 1, 2012 | Press