Grave Diggers & Body Washers – Great Women In Death History

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we are launching a new series on the unsung female heroes of death.  We start the series today by featuring several death heroes our executive director Sarah Chavez found right in her own backyard. 

March 28, 2017 | Blog

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Artist David Orr has been traveling to the sites of people’s deaths and photographing the skies above for his series, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air. The resulting images function as both portraits of absence and as abstract memorials to the individuals represented. In this piece, David honors the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. 

March 25, 2017 | Blog

Confronting Mortality In Trunyan

Throughout Bali, the dead are cremated, but in Trunyan mortality is openly confronted with a visible spectacle of human decay. 

March 21, 2017 | Blog

Faces of Death: Sarah Wambold

This is the first in a new series that showcases the death revolutionaries we are fortunate enough to work with at the Order.  To begin, one of my oldest friends and colleagues in eco-death, the wry and revolutionary Sarah Wambold. 

March 14, 2017 | Blog

Plot E

A visit to Plot E – final resting place of the the dishonored dead. 

February 15, 2017 | Blog

Alkaline Hydrolysis – Seattle Style

Jeff Jorgenson, green funeral director and innovator, tells us about the water cremation revolution a’foot in Seattle.  Or should I say, a’paw?  (It’s for pets.) 

January 18, 2017 | Blog

Dying Trans: Preserving Identity in Death

Trans folk may settle into loving communities of friends and partners that are not their blood relatives. What they may be unaware of is that upon their death, all power over their body is turned over to their legal next of kin, possibly an unsympathetic parent or sibling. Tragedies of misgendering can occur postmortem, compounding the tragedy of the death. Christine Colby explores what the trans community can do to protect themselves at death. 

January 10, 2017 | Blog

Death and STUFF

“To accumulate is to live as if you’re not going to die.” Guest author Robert Wringham shoves you kicking and screaming into the new year by examining the relationship between minimalism and death positivity. 

January 3, 2017 | Blog