How can we honor a life in the absence of funeral? What can we do to show our love when we can’t be there to hold the hand of a dying loved one? How can we cultivate social and emotional connection without the benefit of being physically present?
March 27, 2020 |
While the world seems precarious and mortality feels closer than ever, the simple question of “How are you doing?”, can feel loaded. The answer to that question might be, “Where do I begin?”
March 25, 2020 |
The spread of COVID-19 (popularly called coronavirus) has created alarm and fear across the world. We want to keep people informed and stem the spread of misinformation in the U.S.. This FAQ…
March 18, 2020 |
Just as trans rights are human rights, our rights in death must extend to us all. Here, experts answer questions from trans and non-binary folks about their rights in death.
March 14, 2020 |
The Order’s Caroline Reilly spoke with our two resident death law experts – attorneys Tanya Marsh and Emily Albrecht – about the good and bad of death in 2019, and what we have to look forward to in the new year.
January 9, 2020 |
What happened when an impromptu band of all-female funeral arrangers went against a tyrannical government that did not represent them, their dead, or their traditions?
December 3, 2019 |
We often prefer to look back on death as something inevitable to be mourned rather than confront the responsibilities we have as a community to prevent death, at least when it is preventable. In fact, is it really death that we recoil from or is it rather the process of dying?
(cw: child death)
October 21, 2019 |
Anxiety has always surrounded death, but in the seventeenth-century there was perhaps a new fear – of Nothingness. These writers deployed Ars Moriendi and Memento mori to approach death in a century when consoling truths were drifting away, like smoke from a funeral pyre.
September 27, 2019 |
The spirits of Deer Island tell the truth of all refugees.
September 14, 2019 |
The Order spoke with Dr. Kami Fletcher, and Dr. Tamara Waraschinski of The Collective For Radical Death Studies, an international, professional organization of death scholars and students, death professionals, and activists who view their work as anti-racism work, and aim to decolonize their fields.
August 22, 2019 |
True crime may seem to be having a moment right now, but illicit tales pulled from real life have long been at the forefront of popular culture.
July 25, 2019 |
Before the Woodlands in Philadelphia was a cemetery, it was a garden. On this stretch of land on the west bank of the Schuylkill River in the late 18th century, botanist and plant…
June 5, 2019 |