The Oldest Rite of Humanity and My Father’s Wake

“Sonny was a very ordinary man and his life passed unnoticed by a wider world. But Sonny did have one advantage over most of us; he knew how to die. And he knew how to do that because his fathers and mothers on the island, wake after wake, had shown him how.” 

March 17, 2018 | Blog

Caring For a Community of the Dead

Writer and cemetery tour guide, Allison Meier spoke to Anthony Pisciotta, a man who frequently passed by a deteriorating cemetery in his community and decided to take action. 

March 1, 2018 | Blog

UNEARTHING GORINI, THE PETRIFIER

In this preview of Ivan Cenzi’s upcoming book, The Petrifier, we meet Paolo Gorini, a scientist and engineer, devoted to the destiny of the dead. 

February 3, 2018 | Blog

What Death Positive is NOT

Movements are defined by the change they create– what they are.  But our founder Caitlin Doughty wants to dispel myths about the term death positive, further defining the movement by what it is not. 

January 25, 2018 | Blog

Death Positivity in the Face of Grief

There’s so much potential inside what we know as death positive people, but there is a chasm there, between the ways we talk about death in the abstract, and the ways we live inside actual death and grief. We’ve got to start talking about grief in the face of deaths that are not beautiful. 

January 18, 2018 | Blog