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Links of the Dead {May 2017}

Symbiosis, Dan McCarthy

Symbiosis, Dan McCarthy

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

More reading: Links of the Dead {May 2016}

πŸ’€ The 12-year-old who helps out at the family funeral home
πŸ’€ Finding the plot: England’s tombstone tourists
πŸ’€ In Green-Wood Cemetery, Sophie Calle Invites You to Bury Your Secrets
πŸ’€ Ancient Funerary Garden Discovered in Egypt for First Time
πŸ’€ When I Miss My Mom, I Put on Her Eye Cream
πŸ’€ This Brooklyn couple made hard cider from Green-Wood Cemetery trees
πŸ’€ Β The Director of The Human Centipede On Confrontations With Death In The Horror Genre
πŸ’€ Pop Goes The Reaper! A new series on death positivity in pop culture
πŸ’€ A Letter To My Mother That She Will Never Read
πŸ’€ These Extremely Loving Pet Owners Preserve Their Pets For Eternity
πŸ’€ Medieval Death Bot tweets about how people in medieval England died and it’s fascinating
πŸ’€ Bring Soup, Not Salad– and other rules for those in mourning.
πŸ’€ Beauty in Decomposition: An Interview With Artist AJ Hawkins
πŸ’€ Meet the Funeral Therapy Dog Who Helps Mourners Process Their Grief
πŸ’€ Passed away, pushing up daisies – the many ways we don’t talk about death
πŸ’€ How Close Is Too Close? When Death Affects Real Estate
πŸ’€ Speaking with the Dead Is an Effective Way of Mourning
πŸ’€ Kieran Crowder β€˜Liberates’ Ashes, Makes Art
πŸ’€ What happens when a spouse dies in the middle of a divorce?
πŸ’€ The Uncanny Body: Jennifer Firestone’s Gates and Fields
πŸ’€ Misconceptions about HIV/AIDS and the funeral arts in the year 2017
πŸ’€ Playing With Death: The Morbid Curiosity Game
πŸ’€ The Grave Girl Explores Upsala Swedish Cemetery in Sanford, Florida

Links of the Dead {April 2017}

Artist: Haenuli Shin

Artist: Haenuli Shin

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

More reading: Links of the Dead {April 2016}Β // Links of the Dead {April 2014}

πŸ’€ How Grief Books By Mediums Harm The Living And The Dead
πŸ’€ Victorian β€˜Coffin Torpedoes’ Blasted Would-Be Body Snatchers
πŸ’€ Death-Inspired Love Comics That I Create To Cope With My Depression
πŸ’€ How Tech Is Transforming A Bejing Burial Site
πŸ’€ Grieving Haitians go into lifetime of debt to fund funerals
πŸ’€ This Is What It’s Really Like To Do Makeup… On Dead People
πŸ’€ The Devastating Process of Dying in America Without Insurance
πŸ’€ My Journey As A Hospice Care Volunteer via Patricia Lundy
πŸ’€ The Grave Girl Shares Some Out Takes From Her Year Of Cemetery Visits
πŸ’€ Remembering the World’s Oldest Person, in the Objects She Left Behind
πŸ’€ Bang the Drum Slowly: Grief in Modern Horror
πŸ’€ See Death as a Triumph, Not a Failure
πŸ’€ In South Jersey, a familiar fight to save a historic African-American cemetery
πŸ’€ How To Love The Earth In The Afterlife
πŸ’€ 13 Reasons Why I Gave it a Shot (and am glad I did) via Death In The Gay Den
πŸ’€ Thoughts On The International End of Life Doula Association Training Weekend, From Death In The Gay Den

Links of the Dead {March 2017}

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Photo credit: American Ghoul {Daniel Vazquez}

A gathering of death related links that I have encountered in the past month or so. From somber to hilarious, from informative to creepy, here’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 {March 2016}

πŸ’€ Carnival and the Spectacle of Bodies
πŸ’€ What Do We Do With the Clothing of Grief?
πŸ’€ β€œZombie” Votes (or, Voter Fraud and The Agency of the Dead)
πŸ’€ This comedian’s dad died last month. So she added that in her Tinder profile.
πŸ’€ What the Dead Can Teach Us About Aging and Beauty
πŸ’€ Patton Oswalt Explains How Pop Culture Gets Grieving All Wrong
πŸ’€ When a Partner Dies, Grieving the Loss of Sex
πŸ’€ A discussion of grief, survivor’s guilt, & intersectionality in the wake of the Pulse Tragedy.
πŸ’€ Vice talks to the guy who’s responsible for fixing wonky skeletons at the MΓΌtter Museum.
πŸ’€ More Than 100 Bodies, 70 Coffins Recovered From Construction Site In Old City
πŸ’€ Tubercular Venus: When the Beauty Standard was Dying
πŸ’€ In Trunyan, where mortality is openly confronted with a visible spectacle of human decay.
πŸ’€ Death, decay, and regeneration in the art of Nicomi Nix Turner
πŸ’€ Powerful photographs of terminally ill patients living out their final wishes
πŸ’€ Things I Wish I Had Known When My Dog Died
πŸ’€ Catching Feelings: The Myth of Victorian-Era Tear Catchers
πŸ’€ From Here to Eternity: An Interview With Caitlin Doughty of The Order of the Good Death
πŸ’€ Don’t Go Into the White Light: A thoughtful rumination on the (unintentional) lack of diversity in the death positive movement

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, here’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}

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

Links of the Dead {January 2017}

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“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, here’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}

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

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

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

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

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

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