Operations

The people who keep The Order running.

  • Caitlin Doughty - Founder

    Caitlin Doughty - Founder

    Mortician Caitlin Doughty founded the Order of the Good Death in 2011 to bring discussions of mortality back into the public sphere. In the years since, the group has grown into the death positive movement. Caitlin is also the host and creator of “Ask a Mortician” and the New York Times best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. She lives in Los Angeles, where she runs her nonprofit funeral home, Undertaking LA. To read more, go to caitlindoughty.com. For speaking engagement and press requests only, please email Tara here: taraatthegooddeath (at) gmail.com.

  • Sarah Chavez (Troop) -  Director, The Order of the Good Death

    Sarah Chavez (Troop) - Director, The Order of the Good Death

    Sarah is a museum curator and historian as well as the executive director of the Order. She writes and recreates historical and cultural recipes for her blog, Nourishing Death, which examines the relationship between food and death in rituals, culture, religion and society. She co-founded Death & the Maiden, a project that endeavors to explore the historical and cultural roles women have played in relation to death. Sarah  is also an author and advocate for improved care and support of families experiencing infant and child death. Email: Sarah@deathsalon.org

     

  • Amber Carvaly - Funeral Director, Undertaking LA

    Amber Carvaly - Funeral Director, Undertaking LA

    Amber has a degree in Women’s Studies and Mortuary Science. She worked as an apprentice embalmer at one of the larger funeral homes in the Los Angeles area, but found that it lacked the personal interaction and support she felt the families deserved. She reached out to Caitlin to discuss how she could find a better way to fulfill her goals in the industry and life, and the rest is Undertaking LA history. Email: undertakingla@gmail.com

  • Megan Rosenbloom - Director, Death Salon

    Megan Rosenbloom - Director, Death Salon

    Megan is a medical librarian at the University of Southern California, managing the history of medicine and rare book collections. In 2013, she co-founded Death Salon, the practical arm of the Order of the Good Death. Death Salon, which Megan directs, aims to open up intellectual conversations on death & culture by holding public events in the spirit of the 18th-century salon. Email: Megan@deathsalon.org

  • Stephanie Smith - Website Design

    Stephanie Smith - Website Design

    Stephanie is the woman responsible for building and designing the Order’s website. She is also a composer, recently of CalArt’s MFA program in Experimental Sound Practices. Her album “Night Travels” was composed using violin, voice, and a Doepfer Dark Energy synthesizer.