Known to God: Mourning an Unnamed Child

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 | Blog

The Collective For Radical Death Studies

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 | Blog

The Royals Who Shared Their Beds With Mummies

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 | Blog

Reckoning With Our History at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice

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 | Blog

Creating The Reclamation

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 | Blog