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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.

Holiday Gift Giveaway! Win a Free Spine Candle * Contest Closed *

This holiday season we’ve teamed up with the amazing folks at Grave Digger Candles to give away one of their “freshly exhumed” Human Spine Candles. Grave Digger Candles are made from all-natural beeswax, and are cast from real bones! As the candle slowly burns down, you’ll be warmly reminded this holiday season, that life is

Memento Mori history

Mortality Throughout History: 5 Types of Memento Mori

Translated from the original Latin, Memento Mori means “remember that you will die.” This phrase once influenced art, architecture, philosophy, literature and more. Reminders of our mortality were literally carved in marble.

Transhumanism: Can Technology Really Cheat Death?

While transhumanists believe technology will eventually overcome human mortality completely, how will our views of death have to adapt and change?

Cultural Appropriation: How Not to Celebrate The Day of the Dead

Is borrowing the rituals, and material culture of Dias de los Muertos cultural appropriation or cultural diffusion? How can we incorporate such an interesting ritual into our lives appropriately and with respect?