Archive of ‘death and dying’ category

Links Of The Dead {July 2020}

A gathering of death-related links that I have encountered in the past month or so. From heart-rending to gut-splitting (sometimes you gotta laugh, you know?) from informative to insightful to sometimes just downright weird and creepy, here’s a snippet of recent items that have been reported on or journaled about with regard to death, dying, and matters of mortality.

Previous Links Of The Dead: {July 2019} | {July 2018} | {July 2017} | {July 2016}

💀 Grief is a Weighted Blanket
💀 The Necropants Report, courtesy Courtney Lane
💀 Funeral Favors Can Be Tacky — But Their History is Long
💀 Symbols of Death in Art – Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
💀 Boom Time for Death Planning
💀 Bookcase converts to coffin when needed
💀Immortal Remains: A History of Preserving the Human Body
💀 The world’s first photograph of a murder caught on film: a twitter thread
💀 We Need To Talk About The Memeification Of Breonna Taylor’s Death

Links Of The Dead {June 2020}

Vanitas with Sunflower and Jewelry Box by Maria van Oosterwijck (c. 1665)

Vanitas with Sunflower and Jewelry Box by Maria van Oosterwijck (c. 1665)

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.

Previous Links Of The Dead: {June 2019} | {June 2018} | {June 2017} | {June 2016}

💀Graveyards as green getaways

💀Professional Mourners Laments From Quarantine

💀How do you foster ‘a good death in a racist society?’

💀Three Ways to Address Guilt When You’re Grieving

💀Alica Forneret‘s grief resources created by and for BIPOC

💀The first-ever human composting site will open in 2021 in Seattle

💀School apologises after children are told to plan own funeral as homework

💀How To Support Children Who Have Lost Their Fathers To Police Violence

💀The Lack of Mobilized Outrage For Police Killing Black Women Is An Injurious Erasure

💀Speaking Grief validates the experience of grievers and guides those wishing to support them.

💀A Wrench in the Gears of the Grief Machine: How do I mourn with members of my faith if I can’t be with them?

💀Kubo and the Two Strings is not only a samurai epic. It perfectly encapsulates the themes of Death, grief, and hair

My mother is a poem I’ll never be able to write

momI share with my mother a profound love of beautiful things, gorgeous fragrances, an obsessive appreciation for visual arts and the written word, and a fascination with the mystical and arcane. From her, I also received some decidedly unlovely things: soul-deep self-esteem issues, heaps of childhood trauma, and what I think of as our family’s ancestral depression, which some are marked with more than others, but we all suffer from it.

My mother died in 2013 (or was it 2014? It’s getting harder to remember and this both scares and saddens me.) I am no longer as angry with her as I once was. And to be honest, more than anything else, now I just miss her. You did the best you could, Elaine. I’m doing my best, too.

I just read something so sharp and true, it cleaved my heart clean in two.

My mother is a poem
I’ll never be able to write,
though everything I write
is a poem to my mother.

― Sharon Doubiago

I hope I’m making you proud, mom. I used to feel that was a weird and fraudulent longing, but I now know it is not. It’s the truest thing, and it always has been. Every word I have ever written has been, in some way or another, for you.

Links Of The Dead {March 2020}

The intro for our monthly installment of Links Of The Dead typically reads as follows: “Some deathly reportings 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 come across my radar with reference to matters of mortality.”

This month I think I am going with: here’s a bunch of mostly depressing news. But some of it may be helpful or heartening! Don’t lose hope, friends. We will get through this.

Previous Links Of The Dead: {March 2019} | {March 2018} | {March 2017} | {March 2016}

💀 The Healing Power Of Music In A Time Of Death, Fear And Grief
💀 What should you wear to your funeral?
💀 Grief, Anxiety, and COVID-19
💀That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief
💀 Growing Up In A Funeral Home Couldn’t Prepare Me For My Sister’s Death
💀 Funerals Must Change In This Time Of Social Distancing
💀 Interview with Dr John Troyer about “Technologies of the Corpse
💀 The Pandemic Highlights The Importance Of Conversations About End Of Life Care
💀 Considerations related to the safe handling of bodies of deceased persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
💀 A twitter thread from The Order Of The Good Death: information, resources, & support in relation to to Covid-19 including a toolkit, alternatives to holding an in-person funeral, how to thoughtfully talk about death, grief & isolation.

Links of the Dead (January 2020}

Jacob Hoefnagel: Vanitas (still life with skull, fruits, flowers, and insects) 1593

Jacob Hoefnagel: Vanitas (still life with skull, fruits, flowers, and insects) 1593

I am afraid that in the last few months of 2019 I fell behind in my monthly gatherings of death-related links. No mind–I’m back with it for 2020 and better late than never! Here are some deathly reportings I have encountered in the past month or (two or three!) From somber to hilarious, from informative to creepy, here’s a snippet of things that have come across my radar with reference to matters of mortality.

Previous Links Of The Dead: {January 2019} | {Janaury 2018} | {Janaury 2017} | {Janaury 2016}

💀 5 Things Death Has Taught Me
💀 2020: The Year That Mom Didn’t Live To See
💀 How Minimalism Can Be A Journey To Death Acceptance
💀 The first-ever human composting site will open in 2021 in Seattle
💀 Félicette, the First Cat in Space, Finally Has a Proper Memorial
💀 The Good, The Bad, And The Future Of Death: Talking With Death Law Experts
💀 Grief affects so many things – including how you keep track of time since your loss. 
💀 I Resurrected My Dead Friends As Sims To Watch Them Live The Lives They Never Will
💀 People Are Sharing Pictures Of Their Deceased Loved Ones As Caught By Google Maps

Links of the Dead September 2019

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.

Previous Links Of The Dead: {September 2018} | {September 2017} | {September 2016} | {September 2015}

💀Is Dying at Home Overrated?
💀The Women Who Crash Funerals to Loudly Cry
💀The Best Obituary Ever, and the Wacky Funeral That Followed
💀The Role of Nurses When Patients Decide to End Their Lives
💀Barbie Celebrates Day of the Dead With A Special Edition
💀I Wonder If You Would Be Proud Of Me, If You Were Still Alive
💀Caitlin Doughty recommends 6 books that explain death in America
💀Lego Model Funeral Kits For The Small And Large Undertaker of Tomorrow
💀Six Flags will pay couples $600 to lie in a coffin together for 30 hours straight
💀‘Called To Be A Funeral Director’: Most Mortuary School Grads Are First In The Family
💀Pam doesn’t want to be buried in a coffin, so she’s knitting her own recycled burial shroud
💀Rest in peace? Not so much. Corpses move for more than a year after death, scientist finds

Links of the Dead {August 2019}

Image: J. DeBetz 1891

Image: J. DeBetz 1891

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.

Previous Links Of The Dead: {August 2018} | {August 2017} | {August 2016} | {August 2016}

💀YES! Magazine–The Death Issue
💀Living a Year as if It Were My Last
💀What Should I Do With My Dead Dog?
💀I Couldn’t Say ‘My Mother’ Without Crying
💀Why You Need to Make a ‘When I Die’ File—Before It’s Too Late
💀I’m Dying. I Want Someone to Love My Husband When I’m Gone
💀Toni Morrison, Towering Novelist of the Black Experience, Dies at 88
💀I Deal With Grief Through Extreme Makeup to Make People Look at Me

Links Of The Dead July 2019

Vanitas with Sunflower and Jewelry Box by Maria van Oosterwijck

Vanitas with Sunflower and Jewelry Box by Maria van Oosterwijck

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 {July 2018} | {July 2017} | {July 2016} |

💀  Why New Zealanders Love DIY Coffins
💀 6 Ways to Support a Grieving Teen
💀 What I Learned Photographing Death
💀 The Fraught Culture of Online Mourning
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A Course In Dying: Interview With Mortician Miranda
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How the Paris Catacombs Solved a Cemetery Crisis
💀 Speaking with the Dead: Life and Learning in a Cadaver Lab
💀 How a hospice in Wales is memorializing children with birdsong
💀 Black Funeral Food Traditions Are an Essential Part of Grieving
💀 This Chrome extension makes you ponder your mortality while wasting time on social media

Links Of The Dead June 2019

Image credit: David Jernigan

Image credit: David Jernigan

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 {June 2018} | {June 2017} | {June 2016}

💀It’s All Grief Yoga
💀Could Trees Be The New Gravestones?
💀Post Death Internet Service (or; A Newsletter After I Die)
💀Running into My Dead Mother at 7-Eleven
💀Will Millennials Be the First Generation to Stop Fearing Death?
💀Having a Dead Sibling Is Full of Contradictions
💀Why Did This False Euthanasia Story Spread So Quickly?
💀Surviving the Death of My Son After the Death of My Faith
💀Five Things we wish we’d known before our daughter died from brain cancer
💀Memento Mori: Life and Death in Western Art from Skulls to Still Life
💀‘Hadestown’ On Broadway Re-Envisions An Ancient Story Of Love, Loss, And Distrust
💀8 questions about the unexplained tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic, answered

Links of the Dead {April 2019}

art credit: Isabee

art credit: Isabee

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 {April 2018} | {April 2017} | {April 2016} | {April 2014}

💀 When Your Best Friend Dies
💀 What Cancer Takes Away
💀 To Grieve Is to Carry Another Time
💀 Why Pet Sematary refuses to die
💀 Why is death left out of wellness?
💀 When Cemeteries Became Natural Sanctuaries
💀 Suffering Blows: One Woman’s Journey With Grief
💀 6 Bricks Under: Vienna Cemetery Introduces Funeral LEGO Sets
💀 Washington may become first state to legalize human composting
💀 The funeral as we know it is becoming a relic — just in time for a death boom
💀 R.I.P. to a Startling Facebook Feature: Reminders of Dead Friends’ Birthdays
💀 A photo essay from the morgue that works as a description of what death looks like 
💀 From Jack the Ripper to Ted Bundy, why are dead women’s bodies still being used as entertainment?
💀 Caregiving can be overwhelming, but there are some ways you can prepare yourself for this new chapter in your life.

 

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