“But You’re Too Young For That!” — PART 2

This is part two in a three part series by Maureen Shockey on being a young person suddenly confronted with the responsibilities of death.  To catch up, read part one here. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*… 

July 3, 2013 | Blog

The Italian Bride of Chicago

One of the hardest parts of running ghost tours is being polite to people that I think are nuts. I regularly receive e-mails from people who expect me to confirm that photographs… 

June 13, 2013 | Essays by Contributors

Finally a contest you’re dying to win.

Jeff Jorgenson, Order of the Good Death member and owner of Seattle’s green funeral home Elemental, has bought his company its first zero emissions electric vehicle.  Hell yeah, the environment. His little… 

June 11, 2013 | Blog

On the Death Rituals of Ants

This is something that I think is absolutely fascinating and I’ve been hoarding for YEARS to go into the book.  Now that I’m actually writing the book, there isn’t a place for… 

June 7, 2013 | Blog

Deathstination: Cementerio General de Santiago

This Chilean Deathstination comes from Abigail Carney, a student at Roger Williams University who’s currently studying abroad in Santiago. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Today, I would like to invite you to join me in a… 

May 27, 2013 | Blog

The Thamel Fire, or “You’re Good at Not Dying”

Jessica O’Neill is a writer living in Kathmandu, Nepal. This piece first appeared on her blog Madness & Beauty. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Last night I was less than 100 metres from a massive explosion… 

May 22, 2013 | Blog

Thanks to You, John Wilkes Booth

Caleb Wilde is a sixth-generation licensed funeral director and embalmer in Pennsylvania. You wouldn’t think we’d get along, what with all my wacky first-generation West Coast alternative funeral ideas. But Caleb is… 

May 1, 2013 | Blog

YouTube Closed Captioning is the Best Thing to Happen

So here’s a thing: Push the little “CC” closed captioning button at the bottom of any YouTube video and hilarity ensues. WHY, WHY YouTube?  I mean, closed captioning, yes, obviously important. But… 

April 30, 2013 | Blog

American Funeral Home Revolution #5: How the Other Half Dies

The fifth installment from awesome Austin-based funeral director Sarah Wambold documenting the process of opening her own funeral home. (Catch up: American Funeral Home Revolution #1, #2, #3, #4) *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*   Death darlings — Over the past few… 

April 23, 2013 | Blog