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

Wanna See a Famous Skull?

Absolutely crazy about our newest guest essay, an investigation into whether or not it is truly comedian Del Close’s skull sitting in the office of the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, awaiting its… 

April 17, 2013 | Blog

Wanna See a Famous Skull?

I used to think that NPR was a little over-the-top with their fundraising drives, but at least they never offered to show me a dead body if I donated enough cash. Some… 

April 17, 2013 | Essays by Contributors