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Secondhand Sorrow: The Gift Of Nine Night

Although writer Chazz Mair never really got the chance to know many of his relatives, through the stories shared over nine night rituals, he could come to understand the people his family had loved, and lost. 

July 29, 2021 | Blog

Destitute and Dissected: The Dead From a London Workhouse

On the same street in London where Charles Dickens lived twice during his formative years stands the Cleveland Street Workhouse, a severe brick building built in the late 18th century that is now part of Middlesex Hospital. Archaeologists involved in its renovations are studying the burial site associated with it, and gaining evidence on how the original workhouse operated and on the living conditions of its inhabitants. But this painstaking work is also revealing that the remains of the destitute poor were regularly dissected for anatomical purposes against their own wishes. 

May 25, 2021 | Blog

Is it only gays that remember?: The AIDS crisis and COVID-19

“COVID-19 and AIDS: NYC Gays See Parallels, Contrasts” was the headline that ran on U.S. News on April, 11 2020. Reading this, researcher Jaime García-Iglesias’ immediate reaction was to wonder: was it  only gays who remembered AIDS? How could the population at large not remember a crisis that was so devastating? In his first article for The Order, Jamie will try to answer the questions: who remembers, and equally important, who gets to be remembered? 

April 26, 2021 | Blog

A Guide To FEMA’s Covid-19 Funeral Assistance Program

Starting April 12, 2021 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be providing funds to cover the funeral expenses of families who’ve lost a loved one to COVID-19 in the U.S. Here’s your guide to who qualifies, what documents you’ll need, how to apply, and more. 

April 12, 2021 | Blog

#MMIW: The Life and Death of Stolen Sisters

This article is part of our series The Death Gap: End-Of-Life Inequality, a collaboration between The Order Of The Good Death and The Collective For Radical Death Studies . The series examines the various ways in which systemic racism impacts the way BIPOC communities experience death and access end-of-life care. (CW: suicide, sexual assault, descriptions of graphic violence)  

November 25, 2020 | Blog

Nana’s Wig

This article is part of our series The Death Gap: End-Of-Life Inequality, a collaboration between The Order Of The Good Death and The Collective For Radical Death Studies . The series examines the various ways in which systemic racism impacts the way BIPOC communities experience death and access end-of-life care. 

November 18, 2020 | Blog

Whose Green Burial is it Anyway?

This article is part of our series The Death Gap: End-Of-Life Inequality, a collaboration between The Order Of The Good Death and The Collective For Radical Death Studies . The series examines the various ways in which systemic racism impacts the way BIPOC communities experience death and access end-of-life care.   

November 11, 2020 | Blog

Why Are Ghosts So White?

Ghosts reflect how we see the dead and how we understand a place. On campus ghosts give us a sense of history and tales of warning. On study abroad they teach us about the people and history of a new place, and  reinforce every single stereotype that we work so hard to deconstruct. 

October 15, 2020 | Blog