This is Michelle Amber Johnson.

Jennifer Park-Mustacchio is a funeral director and embalmer in New Jersey.  She has written for the Order in the past about her first Buddhist funeral service. Here she writes about a recent… 

February 5, 2013 | Blog

Should You Let Your Kids Around Corpses?

I was thrilled to receive this story from Michelle O’Leary-Sherman about her recent trip to Ireland to attend a funeral. Not because it’s a funeral–I’m very sorry that her aunt died so young–but… 

January 31, 2013 | Blog

The Cemeteries of North Kohala

I’ll tell ya this, kids, the secret to happiness on a Saturday afternoon is visiting a couple of antique stores and a couple of cemeteries. Of course, that’s why One Direction’s Harry… 

January 24, 2013 | Blog

My Year of Funerals

This piece was written by Anna Scholin, a friend from college who not only acted in a show I directed in 2004 (!&$!), but designed and made the incredible costumes for a… 

January 22, 2013 | Blog

Mortality Meditation with Artist Toru Kamei

There’s not much information on Japanese artist Toru Kamei (at least not in English) available online.  But his pieces are wonderfully reminiscent of the Vanitas painting from the 1600-1700′s. When I’m fabulously… 

January 17, 2013 | Blog

Murder Ballads & the Poor, Poor Knoxville Girl

This entry comes courtesy of two of my friends from college (regular ol’ college, not mortuary college), Lixian Hantover and Alex Bender.  Click on the link directly below to listen to Lixian’s… 

January 15, 2013 | Blog

New Ask a Mortician, Hawaiian Edition

My time in Hawaii is coming to an end, but not before I use my childhood home as a backdrop for a new Ask a Mortician.  In this short n’ sweet episode,… 

January 10, 2013 | Blog

Dremains

Cole Imperi is the owner of Doth Brands, a creative agency that primarily serves the health, wellness, end-of-life and deathcare professions. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Right now, my godmother, aunt-in-law, and a guy I went… 

December 29, 2012 | Essays by Contributors

Malibu Celebs Hate Decomposing Whales

As I’ve shared with you before, I don’t like whales. They are a fear of mine. They’re unnaturally large aquatic beasts moving in the great, horrifying deep and will one day arise… 

December 25, 2012 | Blog