Curating a UK Medical Museum: Two Heads are Better Than One


Order-member Carla Valentine is the technical curator of Barts Pathology Museum in London. I asked her to explain what it’s like to share human specimens for educational purposes in the UK, where the restrictions are borderline draconian. Here’s how she fought the system (and why we just might need the system). 

January 7, 2015 | Blog

A Field Trip to North Carolina’s Death Chamber

Gurney in Place, As Seen From the Witness Room

Order-member John Carbone is a forensic psychiatrist and, until last month, the Director of Mental Health Services for the North Carolina prison system. You can also find his words at Alienist’s Compendium. 

January 4, 2015 | Blog

Dad’s Corpse in the Spare Bedroom


“How dare this woman leave her husband’s body to rot in a bedroom? Why did nobody intervene to stop this atrocity?” Simon Davis explores. 

December 18, 2014 | Blog

Hey Funeral Directors, Get the Hell Out of the Way!


Jeff Jorgenson is one of the Order of the Good Death’s best pair of boots on the ground. He works in the trenches of Seattle, WA (there are no literal trenches) running his green/alternative funeral home, Elemental Cremation and Burial. Here he asks, “why is it so hard for funeral directors to trust their families?” 

December 2, 2014 | Blog

The Macabre Mystery of the Deathly Cameos

"Inside were two lovely plaster cameos with delicate gold edging..."

Order-member John Carbone is a forensic psychiatrist and Director of Mental Health Services for the North Carolina prison system. His passion for collecting led him to write this piece. You can also find his words at Alienist’s Compendium. 

August 5, 2014 | Blog

Talkin’ Transi Tombs with Caitlin & Elizabeth

Cadaver Tomb

Elizabeth Harper, relic hunter and mistress of All the Saints You Should Know, and Caitlin, boring ol’ medievalist mortician, bring you their correspondence on transi tombs.  We hope to one day turn it into a cable access chat show. Geek out with us! 

July 29, 2014 | Blog

The Dead Sea Necropolis of the Future


I first wrote about the Yarauvi project two years ago, but given the current problems in the region it seems especially relevant, and worth re-visiting. 

July 21, 2014 | Blog

Enon Chapel: London’s Victorian Golgotha

Enon Chapel

Order member Carla Valentine (yes, her real name) is Technical Curator of Barts Pathology Museum in London, responsible for the conservation of 5000 human anatomical specimens.  She blogs the nefarious connections between sex and death at The Chick and the Dead. 

June 30, 2014 | Blog

At Last! Your Death Acceptance Reading List


Bless their morbid souls, Order members Bess Lovejoy (author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses) and Megan Rosenbloom (co-founder of Death Salon) put together a list of deathy books for all manner of death interests. By no means does it include all the glorious options, but I’ve read most of these and fully approve.  Accept no substitutes! 

June 18, 2014 | Blog