Home Deathcare & Alternative Funerals

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when death and funerary practices involved the entire family and community. Death was an ever present part of daily life; people died in the home, were honored in the home, and buried in small familial, church or community cemeteries.  Like everything else, death was professionalized, and by

Best Music About Death & Dying

Music has the ability to be completely transformative and pull you into a story or soundscape. It triggers emotion, it changes our brain chemistry and it alters and grows our imagination. Music has evolved with us over thousands of years and continues on as an essential form of communication. This is very evident when it comes to music about

Conversations With the Modern Mortician

We asked you for questions, and we were overwhelmed by your response. From autopsy methodology, all the way to eco-friendly urns, we talked death and dying with Melissa for almost an hour.

15 Death Positive Artists You Should Know

We’ve scoured the web to find to the 15 most contemporary, interesting and intriguing death positive artists you should know.

The Modern Mortician and the Future of Funerals

Cremation rates are rising, green burial options are increasing, and some people are trying to bring funerals back inside the home. Yet many of these shifts are barely a blip on the screen compared to the traditional forms of interment and memorialization.  Death today still overwhelmingly occurs within hospital walls. The dead are injected with

Green Burial Myths Debunked

We present to you part three of our Green Burial Series, where Ellen Newman of the Green Burial Society debunks common myths and misconceptions about green burial.

Burial at Sea: Everything You Need to Know

Many people recently became aware of burial at sea during the infamous disposal of Osama Bin Laden’s body. According to the U.S. Military, Bin Laden was placed in a metal coffin and thrown into the Arabian Sea. Of the many ways societies that lay the dead to rest, burying them at sea is one tradition

11 Eco-Friendly Burial Options

This is part two in our four part series on green burial.  As we discussed in part one of our green burial series, the options for a greener death are growing. Cemeteries are opening up allocated natural burial sections, funeral homes are offering eco-friendly products, and disposition methods are becoming greener. If you’ve decided that green

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