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Links of the Dead {February 2017}

Katrin Berge

Artist: Katrin Berge

A gathering of death related links that I have encountered in the past month or so. From somber to hilarious, from informative to creepy, hereโ€™s a snippet of things that have been reported on or journaled about in or related to the Death Industry recently.

This time last year: Links of the Dead {February 2016}

๐Ÿ’€ Why it is now more important than ever for the death positive movement to be political.
๐Ÿ’€ Ghost Marriages: Where the Living Wed the Dead
๐Ÿ’€ Death Hacker: You’re Going to Die, Here’s How to Deal With It
๐Ÿ’€ How the Unrelenting Threat of Death Shapes Our Behavior
๐Ÿ’€ The Skeleton Rocker: A Cozy Reminder of Our Mortality
๐Ÿ’€ In Europe’s First Forensic Cemetery, Corpses Decompose for Science
๐Ÿ’€ Santa Muerte as Religious Resistance
๐Ÿ’€ Dealing with debts when someone dies
๐Ÿ’€ The Challenge of Identifying The Dead In a Disaster
๐Ÿ’€ Grieving Someone You Didnโ€™t Like (because it happens)
๐Ÿ’€ A Company Will Press Your Ashes Into A Working Vinyl Album
๐Ÿ’€ Diet culture is just another way of dealing with the fear of death.
๐Ÿ’€ โ€œFamous last wordsโ€ and Japanese death poems offer two strikingly different approaches to mortality.
๐Ÿ’€ Why the #DeathPositive movement is important for public research
๐Ÿ’€ The Year After My Dadโ€™s Death Was the Best of My Life
๐Ÿ’€ New technology is forcing us to confront the ethics of bringing people back from the dead
๐Ÿ’€ These Elderly DIYers Came To Peace With Death–By Crafting Their Own Coffins
๐Ÿ’€ Bad Taste in Funeral Flowers: 1895-1914
๐Ÿ’€ Art and Death in Medieval Byzantium
๐Ÿ’€ The woman who washes the dead
๐Ÿ’€ “The Phone Of The Wind” Connects Both The Living And The Dead

Links of the Dead {January 2017}

Morgellons_grande

“Morgellons”, Caitlin McCormack

A gathering of death related links that I have encountered in the past month or so. From somber to hilarious, from informative to creepy, hereโ€™s a snippet of things that have been reported on or journaled about in or related to the Death Industry recently.

This time last year: Links of the Dead {January 2016}

๐Ÿ’€ Don’t Let Anyone Tell You You’re Not Allowed To Be Upset About A Celebrity Death
๐Ÿ’€ Artist works to capture and preserve cadavers
๐Ÿ’€ 5 places: Where you can’t die
๐Ÿ’€ The โ€˜Maternal Bereavement Effectโ€™ Explains Why So Many Parents Die After Their Children
๐Ÿ’€ Obituaries For Teenage Girls If They Actually Died When They Say They’re Dying
๐Ÿ’€ How to Create an Iconic Jaguar Hearse
๐Ÿ’€ โ€œMirrors With Memoriesโ€: Why Did Victorians Take Pictures of Dead People?
๐Ÿ’€ The Japanese Art of Grieving a Miscarriage
๐Ÿ’€ Mysterious Ancient Egypt ‘pot burials’ stand as metaphor for rebirth in the afterlife
๐Ÿ’€ On Death, Patriarchy & the Anti-Choice Movement
๐Ÿ’€ Taking Care Of The Dead At Home, And Other Matters Of Mortality
๐Ÿ’€ To dig or not to dig? The ethics of exhumation
๐Ÿ’€ The First Cryonic Preservation Took Place Fifty Years Ago Today
๐Ÿ’€ The Grieving Need You Most After the Funeral
๐Ÿ’€ Sometimes Nature is Morbid. Thatโ€™s Why Thereโ€™s #BestCarcass
๐Ÿ’€ How to Eat Like a Gravedigger
๐Ÿ’€ For the Forgotten African-American Dead
๐Ÿ’€ This Kid-Friendly Explanation Of Death Will Change How You Think About The World
๐Ÿ’€ Tracing The Remains: Sabrina Small and Caitlin McCormack at the Mรผtter Museum
๐Ÿ’€ Death Without Darkness: A mortician proposes a redesign for the crematory
๐Ÿ’€ Artist Jaime Erin Johnson explores places where one encounters life & death, growth & decay

Memento Mori For Darkling Botanists

Kermit Tesoro Skull planter 1At Haute Macabre this I week squee over those exquisite skull planters created by Kermit Tesoro, who is a Filipino designer previously responsible for manifesting some beautifully grotesque, utterly magnificent avant-garde foot wear.

Read more: Kermit Tesoro’sย Memento Mori For Darkling Botanists

There may or may not have been added squeeage due to the fact that The Order Of The Good Death shared the write up, making it the second thing I’ve written that they’ve shared this week and you’ll have to forgive me but I’m having a total SENPAI NOTICED ME moment.

Psssst…! Kermit is totally selling these! They are not up for purchase on his site though, and I haven’t got a link to share, but my best suggestion is to direct message him through Instagram, let him know you are interested in buying one, and give him your email address so that he can send you an invoice. Expect to spend around $105 or so in US monies.

this, that, & the other thing {xxxi}

evegrimoireGorgeous art by Brittany Schall in Grimoire issue #1

3. dressesHow nineteenth century Britain became obsessed with insects

tumblr_oi50b0Pi9C1u4z6nuo1_500Stripcraft: Lux ATLโ€™s Spells For The Revolution

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Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects From The Museum Of Witchcraft And Magic

โ€  The Lure of Laudanum, the Victorians’ Favorite Drug
โ€  11 Nasty Women Dominating Weird Fiction
โ€  We Have Always Lived in the Castle: America’s queen of weird hits the screen
โ€  Sex Magic: How to Cast Spells with Your Orgasms
โ€  SinSynth: Dreamy Music for a Would-Be Neon Giallo
โ€  Emily Brontรซ was metal-as-fuck and deserves to be remembered as such.
โ€  Witch Marks, Curses, and Magic in the Neglected History of Medieval Graffiti
โ€  The Last Bookbinder On The Lower East Side
โ€  Bad Books For Bad People Episode 5: R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps
โ€  The Wordsmith Behind The Best -And Wittiest- Twitter Of 2016
โ€  The Rise of Science Fiction from Pulp Mags to Cyberpunk
โ€  Meet the ghosts at Los Angeles’s most haunted hotels

Links of the Dead {December 2016}

Popular Detective  Cover art by Rudolph Belarski December, 1945

Popular Detective; cover art by Rudolph Belarski,ย December, 1945

A gathering of death related links that I have encountered in the past month or so. From somber to hilarious, from informative to creepy, hereโ€™s a snippet of things that have been reported on or journaled about related to matters of death & dying & mortality.

This time last year: Links of the Dead {December 2015}

๐Ÿ’€What Happens if You Vote and Die Before Election Day?
๐Ÿ’€The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains
๐Ÿ’€Where You Live May Determine How You Die
๐Ÿ’€โ€œDeath Librariansโ€ Shed Light on Mortality and Grief
๐Ÿ’€Picturing the Dead: Victorian memorial photography takes on new life.
๐Ÿ’€How do you tell a child his mother is dying?
๐Ÿ’€Rizpah, Guardian of the Dead
๐Ÿ’€The Observer’s obituaries of 2016
๐Ÿ’€Coffin It Up: Bringing back the art of handmade custom coffins
๐Ÿ’€Made With Ashes: Memento Mori For Your Next Dinner Party
๐Ÿ’€For Transwomen killed by tOakland fire, struggle for respect continues in death.
๐Ÿ’€Speedy shovels shine in Slovakia’s grave-digging contest
๐Ÿ’€What The Texas Fetal Remains Ruling Really Means and How You Can Take Action
๐Ÿ’€The Next Generation of Death Mask is Freakishly Beautiful
๐Ÿ’€Interview with artist Hans Op de Beeck on matters of impermanence and loss through his art and how the reality of death can alter oneโ€™s view on life
๐Ÿ’€Can creativity beat death? New study suggests creatives worry less about dying
๐Ÿ’€Death like you’ve never seen it before | Joanna Ebenstein | TEDxNewYork
๐Ÿ’€Death Work: A conversation with doulas Roxanne Baker and Saralee Gallien
๐Ÿ’€Memento Moro In Felt: The Art Of Lana Crooks
๐Ÿ’€Your Deathbed Playlist
๐Ÿ’€Psilocybin: A Journey Beyond the Fear of Death?
๐Ÿ’€For 22 Unclaimed Bodies in New York, a Grim Path From Death to Burial
๐Ÿ’€The Privilege of a Good Death
๐Ÿ’€4 Foreboding Omens Who Are Trying to Mansplain My Death to Me
๐Ÿ’€Meet The Women Who Love Death
๐Ÿ’€A Mortician’s Tale: Death Positive Gaming
๐Ÿ’€Inside Bolivia’s Skull Festival, Where the Dead Get Diamonds and Sunglasses
๐Ÿ’€Mourning Through Horror Movies
๐Ÿ’€Death & the Maiden’s 2016 Holiday gift guide

I Held My Own Death Cafe And You Can Too

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When I first read about the incredibly wonderful concept of Death Cafe, I was thrilled to learn such a thing existed and hoped to attend one nearby…alas, there were none to be found local to me. So I held my own! Read more about Death Cafe and and my experiences with them at Haute Macabre this week.ย today. Featured art by the always incredibleย Becky Munich.

Bonus: How to wear your own Death Cafe (or, as I like to think of it “How To Wear An Article About Holding Your Own Death Cafe”). As always, click on the image to be linked to the item details.dc1

Links of the Dead {November 2016}

Tristeza by Lizz Lopez

Tristeza by Lizz Lopez

A gathering of death related links that I have encountered in the past month or so. From somber to hilarious, from informative to creepy, hereโ€™s a snippet of things that have been reported on or journaled about related to matters of death & dying & mortality.

This time last year: Links of the Dead {November 2015}

๐Ÿ’€ You Can Embalm Dead Bodies In This Funeral Home Video Game
๐Ÿ’€ These Photos Show How People Are Dying Around The World
๐Ÿ’€ Imagined Afterlives: Death in Classic Fantasy
๐Ÿ’€ Evi Numen, Death Doula
๐Ÿ’€ Patton Oswalt Opens Up About How His Wife Died
๐Ÿ’€ Scientifically, What’s the Best Way to Die (Without Killing Yourself)?
๐Ÿ’€ What I learned about dying from those who work in the funeral industry
๐Ÿ’€ The hidden part of the internet where the grieving find solace by sharing pictures of loved ones
๐Ÿ’€ “The Art of Dying”, a virtual & augmented reality art show
๐Ÿ’€ โ€˜Grief is so overpowering โ€“ it consumes youโ€™: The Guardian readers on death and dying
๐Ÿ’€ Glimpses of the Afterlife in Swoonโ€™s New Installation
๐Ÿ’€ The Surprising Number of Middle-Aged White Men Who Think About Faking Their Own Deaths
๐Ÿ’€ Feminists are redefining cultureโ€™s broken relationship with mortality
๐Ÿ’€ Oh, cool. Facebook is saying we’re all dead
๐Ÿ’€ The corpses that changed my life | Caitlin Doughty | TEDxVienna
๐Ÿ’€ Immortal prose: how writers deal with death
๐Ÿ’€ Revisiting Americaโ€™s Dead in Posthumous Portraits from the 19th Century
๐Ÿ’€ Amber Carvaly on why politics, social justice and the death positive movement are inseparable
๐Ÿ’€ A Time To Mourn Without a Place to Pray
๐Ÿ’€ Defying Morbidity: Tales From a Central Pennsylvania Funeral Home. Patricia Lundy talks with her grandmother about what it was like to live so intimately close to the dead.

Elsewhere: Evi Numen, Death Doula

evinumen_veilAt Haute Macabreย this week I talk with Evi Numen about her roleย as a Death Doula. Weย discuss the need for this type of service in a society that lost theย vitalย connection it once had with its dying and the dead, and the training involved inย both bearing witness to the process of dying as well asย easing the passageย from this world to the next.

For the interview, Evi shared some of her exquisite Victorian tintypes, and notedย โ€œIโ€™ve been collecting portraits of local Victorians for a while now, mostly in the form of albumen prints (cartes de visite) and tintypes. Most of the people in my collections are anonymous, and forgotten by history. Their portraits have made their way to flea markets and antique shops, no longer in the family album. I wanted to honor them by giving them a new narrative through paintingโ€ฆ I think of them as small tributes to the individuals depicted.โ€

 

 

Links of the Dead {October 2016}

Full circle by Kristy Patterson

Full circle by Kristy Patterson

A gathering of death related links that I have encountered in the past month or so. From somber to hilarious, from informative to creepy, hereโ€™s a snippet of things that have been reported on or journaled about related to matters of death & dying & mortality.

๐Ÿ’€ Canada legalized assisted suicide, but there aren’t enough doctors to keep up with demand
๐Ÿ’€ Saving Skin: The public lives of posthumous bodies.
๐Ÿ’€ The Art of Condolence
๐Ÿ’€ Dying woman picks road trip over chemotherapy
๐Ÿ’€ The Privilege of a Good Death
๐Ÿ’€ A Letter to the Doctors and Nurses Who Cared for My Wife
๐Ÿ’€ 24 Photos Of Skulls and Skeletons From Different Death Rituals
๐Ÿ’€ Aid in Dying Movement Advances
๐Ÿ’€ The 10 Iconic Cemeteries That Made Death Beautiful
๐Ÿ’€ Lessons on Dying From David Bowie and My Friends
๐Ÿ’€ Fetus Funerals: The Dystopian New Turn in the Fight Against Abortion Rights
๐Ÿ’€ Metro Arts Presents DEATHFEST
๐Ÿ’€ This Explorer’s Corpse Has Been Trapped in Ice for More Than a Century
๐Ÿ’€ A Performance Where Victorian Mourning Braiding Meets Neuroscience
๐Ÿ’€ A History of the Infinite: Death & Immortality
๐Ÿ’€ Strengthen Your Sense of Smell While Contemplating Your Doom

Links of the Dead {September 2016}

"Evening Walk" by Kristin Forbes-Mullane, 2016

“Evening Walk” by Kristin Forbes-Mullane, 2016

A gathering of death related links that I have encountered in the past month or so. From somber to hilarious, from informative to creepy, hereโ€™s a snippet of things that have been reported on or journaled about related to matters of death & dying & mortality.

๐Ÿ’€ Dhruvi Acharya’s new work explores the journey of reconstructing the self after loss.
๐Ÿ’€ Little Miss Funeral: Lauren LeRoy reflects on her experiences in a male dominated industry and on why her job is so important.
๐Ÿ’€ Shopping for the Afterlife in China
๐Ÿ’€ A Daughter Reflects On Her Mother’s Fight For A Medically-Assisted Death.
๐Ÿ’€ How Quakers Cope with Death
๐Ÿ’€ After escaping the World Trade Center on 9/11, Stephen Milller left Wall Street to become a professional obituary writer.
๐Ÿ’€ What It Feels Like to Die: Science is just beginning to understand the experience of lifeโ€™s end.
๐Ÿ’€ The funeral business? Eternally healthy. But finding younger mortuary workers is a challenge.
๐Ÿ’€ Is 2016 the year of the celebrity death? An update.
๐Ÿ’€ Morbid Curiosity is a card game about death. Part trivia, part conversation it offers an intriguing and delightfully morbid evening with friends.
๐Ÿ’€ The Sobering Thing Doctors Do When They Die
๐Ÿ’€ Life, The Universe And Everything: Five Things I Learnt At A Death Cafe

death cafe daytona

…and speaking of Death Cafe, I have just facilitated my fourth and final Death Cafe Orlando event. It was a lively, yet bittersweet gathering, but I can’t be too sad, for I have passed the torch to some truly fantastic folks, and in the meantime, I am gearing up to begin Death Cafe Daytona Beach to serve the Volusia County area! Our first event will be in early 2017 and I couldn’t be more excited.

Previous installments:
Links of the Dead for August 2016
Links of the Dead for July 2016
Links of the Dead for June 2016
Links of the Dead for May 2016
Links of the Dead for April 2016
Links of the Dead for March 2016
Links of the dead for February 2016
Links of the dead for January 2016
Links of the dead for December 2015
Links of the dead for November 2015
Links of the dead for September 2015
Links of the dead for August 2015

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