1000 Days of Mark

At this point in my career, it is very rare that I am shocked by a death related story.  But the story of Mark Rife is like nothing I have ever heard. … 

September 20, 2011 | Blog

Decay Pr0n

“The 100-year-old Letchworth Village Home for the Feeble Minded and Epileptics in New York was abandoned in the ’90s” Source 

September 20, 2011 | Blog

In Defense of a Death Book for Children

I don’t think I was a particularly morbid child. That being said, I was a particularly morbid child. All children are particularly morbid children.  They start life so fresh and tabula rosa… 

September 19, 2011 | Blog

Your Death Has Migrated

We’re back up and running at http://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/blog Come say hello. This is likely the end of our time on Tumblr.  Thank you for having us. 

September 18, 2011 | Blog

GOP Death Culture

  Oh shit.  Well we can file this under terrifying.   CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer asked Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), one of the participants and a staunch enemy of President Obama’s health… 

September 18, 2011 | Blog

This is the first film in a series from something (someone?)…

This is the first film in a series from something (someone?) called “The Midnight Archive."  I do so long for them to make more, because this one is about a Brooklyn pet mummifier. Perhaps more interesting than her super secret salt soak preservative formula for Mr. Fluffy, is that she apparently has an interested human all lined up for her services.  The legality of that is fascinating to me.  I say it can’t legally be done (in our current oppressive state run death climate) but perhaps Sorceress Cagliastro has all sorts of loopholes I know nothing of.  Regardless, this is insanely entertaining. Thanks to Soceress Fif Liddell for the link. 

September 12, 2011 | Blog

A Repository for Remains of the Dead

I was entirely unaware of mostly all of this.  But it’s fascinating. From last week’s New York Times. For nearly a decade, a large white tent has stood on Manhattan’s East Side, out of urban context and hard against the sooty Frank... 

September 10, 2011 | Blog

State-by-state cremation rates in U.S.

Note that Mississippi is the only state in single digits (9.56%) and Nevada is our highest cremation rate in the US (68.41%). Of course, it’s pretty clear that we’re looking at west coast burn me, midwest & south bury me.  Cultural con... 

September 9, 2011 | Blog

Why Hello, Turritopsis nutricula

Turritopsis nutricula may be the world’s only “immortal” creature. Jellyfish usually die after propagating but Turritopsis reverts to a sexually immature stage after reaching adulthood and is capable of rejuvenating itself. The 4-5mm diameter... 

September 8, 2011 | Blog