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 |
Order contributor Aisha Adkins on the value and importance of having a Death Buddy — someone who you can share your curiosity and fears surrounding death with in a safe and relatively matter-of-fact manner.
April 27, 2019 |
The idea of royalty sharing their beds with the shrivelled corpse of a man yanked out of a grave is nothing short of shocking, but it wouldn’t have been an unusual sight in the court of the Spanish Habsburgs.
April 18, 2019 |
These students were brave. The assignments were weird.
What happened when author and teacher David Sherman created a class for his students to reinvent their relationship to the dead?
March 26, 2019 |
Dressed all in black, from his dark knee-breeches and long cloak to a three-cornered hat adorned with black crepe streamers, the aanspreker carried one message: someone was dead.
March 19, 2019 |
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice was created to be a dynamic response to reconciliation in the United States. The memorial allows for dialogue, creating a space for conversation regarding the violence done to Black Americans as a vital way to reckon with our past, present, and future.
February 27, 2019 |
Three years ago artist AJ Hawkins set out to create The Reclamation, a stunning series on the stages of decomposition. Here’s a behind the scenes look at her three year journey creating the series, opening a business, and her advice to others considering their own death positive initiatives.
February 12, 2019 |