My Uncle’s Good Death: In Memoriam

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Herman Reyes, a licensed funeral director in California, tells the story of going from professional to grieving nephew and back to professional again in the course of a single death. 

January 6, 2016 | Blog // Guest Posts

Paris, 13 November

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Order member and Paris resident, Susie Kahlich provides an intimate glimpse of life in the city following the recent attacks and the immediate aftermath. 

November 21, 2015 | Blog

Dia de Muertos – A Primer

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Order executive director Sarah Troop provides an overview of Mexico’s annual remembrance of the dead – Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead). 

October 28, 2015 | Blog

PLEASE Help Pass the End of Life Option Act

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The End of Life Option Act (ABX2-15) would allow terminally ill Californians to request medication to peacefully end their lives and free them from suffering. There are people right now, terminally ill, who cannot wait for this legislative process to drag on. Be a part of this historic moment. 

August 18, 2015 | Blog

Deathxpert Opinion: How to Move (and Fly) a Body

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Welcome to our new, monthly feature, Deathxpert Opinion, where members of the Order will be answering your questions on death logistics, death history, and death culture. First up is our Seattle-based green funeral home owner Jeff Jorgenson on how bodies get around. 

June 16, 2015 | Deathxpert Opinion

A Shocking Likeness: Photography and Death in the Civil War

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It is impossible to think of a time when photos of war and destruction weren’t plastered on the front page of newspapers.  Order member Kelly Christian explores just such a time, and how the Civil War and technology came together to change our relationship to the visuals of death. 

May 20, 2015 | Blog

Washing Kathryn, Touching Death

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No matter how long you’ve been working with dead bodies, it can still be emotionally difficult. But what if the person was someone you knew? Nora Menkin, funeral director, tells us this story. 

February 5, 2015 | Blog