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

New Fetal Regulations in Texas: The Good (and Very Bad) News

You’ve read the headlines: all variations on “Texas to Require Cremation or Burial of Fetal Remains.”  The image calls to mind forcing vulnerable women to hold a funeral ceremony for their fetal issue, dressed up in a casket, then handing over thousands of dollars to a funeral director. The regulations appear draconian and unfair, a threat to women, and one more setback for pro-choice America.  But how accurate is this perception? How accurate has the reporting on this been? 

December 7, 2016 | Blog

THE STAIN

Below is an excerpt from Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, by Order member Colin Dickey, on sale now from Viking Books. 

October 31, 2016 | Blog

Death and Broken Cups

Author and morbid scholar, Ivan Cenzi with an essay on death and the value and beauty of pain. 

July 27, 2016 | Blog

Death Positivity and Suicide

Death-education and preparedness stands to help everyone in your community. But what if you’re worried that your desire to talk about death will send a suicidal friend or relative over the edge? Megan Devine, licensed clinical counselor, weighs in. 

June 15, 2016 | Blog