Welcome to our calendar of events for fall 2020, featuring the best virtual death positive events around the globe!


Glen Eira Libraries – From Here to Eternity with Caitlin Doughty on September 12 (9/11 at 6pm PST)

Caitlin’s NYT best-selling book , Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? will be available in paperback on September 22, 2020!

You can catch Caitlin at the following virtual events this fall:

Strand Books – September 23 – Register

Laurel Hill Cemetery – September 24 – RSVP HERE

Morbid Anatomy – September 28 – Tickets 

Magic City Books – September 29 – RSVP

Booksmith / Bindery – September 30 – Tickets 


Join us on September 12th, for our first Mortals’ Market,  a virtual marketplace that celebrates the diversity, artistry, and spirit of the death positive movement. Presented by the Order of the Good Death and created by hosts Meagan Meli and Louise Hung, the Mortals’ Market brings together a carefully curated group of artists whose creativity, activism, and vision enrich the conversations around death. For details visit the Mortals’ Market website.



Death Salon is the event series of The Order. There is no Death Salon scheduled for 2020 as we are working on creating a new model that will be accessible to more people.  To be notified of updates and  future events, please sign up for our mailing list.


Sarah  Fornace’s Manual Cinema created these stunning shadow puppet sequences for the upcoming film, Candyman, directed by Pia DaCosta, out on October 16th – Release has been postponed until 2020 for  theatrical release but you can still enjoy the trailer (linked above) featuring Sarah’s work.

Meagan Rosenbloom will be doing a virtual tour in celebration of the release of her much anticipated book, Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin. For a full sting of Megan’s virtual events this fall, please visit her website.

Dr. John Troyer will discuss his book, Technologies of the Human Corpse on September 9th.

Joanna Ebenstein will be giving a 4-week course entitled Make your Own Memento Mori: Befriending Death with Art, History and the Imagination in October.

Louise Hung will be discussing Starving For Attention: Chinese Ghosts At Home and Abroad, as part of the Settling the Unsettled: Decolonizing Ghost Lore, on October 3rd.

Sarah Chavez will be talking about La Llorona as part of the series Settling the Unsettled: Decolonizing Ghost Lore, on October 3rd. Then, on October 28th, she will be in discussion about The Cult of Santa Muerte: Origins and Rituals of Mexican Death Culture.

Annabel de Vetten will be participating in a pop-up event at Memento Mori on October 17th, in  Los Angeles. You can also join Annabel virtually for her talk Pleased To Eat You: An Illustrated Live Zoom Lecture on Culinary Cannibalism, Death and Cake on November 2nd.

Pia Interlandi will explore the ‘Death in a Box’ exhibit on October 31st.


From the Hostile Terrain exhibit.


Hostile Terrain, a global exhibit about America’s Humanitarian Crisis at the Southern Border. Various dates and locations around d the U.S. Dates through 2020.

Vigil is Leigh Davis’ audio installation which engages the power of loss and memory through song. The work is rooted in her membership with the Threshold Choir, a community of women continuing the ancient tradition of bedside singing to the dying.

Ghosts in the Machines on September 22nd, will be a virtual tour of the home of Brandon Hodges, collector of devices used to communicate with the dead by Spiritualists.

We Are Tomorrow’s Ancestors: Open Communion on September 24th will be a Black & Indigenous open mic communion on mortality, ancestry, and affirming our lives. Please note that this event is for Black & Indigenous attendees/participants only. NB/NI folks can provide support here.

Posada’s Literary Calaveras with Dr. Gloria Ardjona is available to view as part of the La Plaza En El Casa series.

The Collective For Radical Death Studies has a number of virtual events recorded and available to view on their website here.

London Month Of the Dead this favorite annual October event has many virtual offerings this year that include Founding Order members like Joanna Ebenstein and Dr. John Troyer.

Une Bonne Mort, a conference curated for those working with the living, the dying and the dead, on November 14th, and 15th.

A Prayer for the Runner: A Live Performance by Patrisse Cullors hosted by Fowlers Museum at UCLA. Recording available here.

Vampire Burials: An Archaeological Perspective with archaeologist and death historian Lorraine Evans, on October 28.

Life After Death in Black America a conversation with Karla Holloway, Nyle Fort, and Rhon Manigault-Bryant, on November 17th.


Queer Cultural Center’s A History of Violence Exhibit explores of the social and political context of violence against and within queer communities, opens June 7th, in San Francisco, CA.

Ebony G. Patterson‘s exhibit, they were…  examines the underlying issues of violence and visibility. On view through April 1st, in Normal, IL.

Queer Death Studies Workshop will focus on Death and Dying in a Queer Context for their third year. May 30th and 31st in Sweden.

Nora Menkin will be performing at She is FIERCE: stories from the genderqueer and female perspective, CRIMINAL edition, on April 6th & 7th, in Seattle, WA.

Angela Hennessy’s Where and When I Enter features woven, crocheted and braided synthetic and human hair sculptures that boldly reclaim delicate Victorian-era crafts of mourning ritual, layered with signifiers of race, femininity and sensuality. Through December 2nd, San Francisco, CA.

Artist Lisa Nilsson will discuss her practice in creating paper quilled work for Connective Tissue on December 12th, in Philadelphia.

Woven Strands: The Art of Human Hairwork, a new exhibit will open at the Mutter Museum on January 18th, in Philadelphia.

The Afterlife of Pets will take place in a pet aquamation facility where visitors will learn about an alternative and earth-friendly form of disposition. February 3, Seattle, WA.

Still…Till – Why Then? What Now? A series of events examining the death of Emmett Till, and the circumstances like community and systemic racism, that contributed to his murder. In Chicago, IL, every Tuesday in February.

A Wake For Jeremy Bentham (yes, that Jeremy Bentham and his head). Gather to discuss the role of death and grief in society, in London, on February 15th.

Black in Brooklyn is a tour celebrating the unique stories of Black lives in Green-Wood Cemetery. In Brooklyn, NY on February 17th.