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#TalkDeath with the American Thanatologist

The American Thanatologist Many of you may have heard the term, but do you know what a thanatologist is, or does? Thanatology is the scientific study of death. Thanatologists investigate the psychological and social aspects of death and dying, as well as the forensic aspects of it (like bodily changes during and after death). While thanatology traces its

movies about death and dying

Even More Movies About Death and Dying

Death is perhaps the most enduring trope in Hollywood. Death transcends all categories of film from action movies, to rom-coms, and dramas. It should come as little surprise that life’s enduring mystery (and fear), would be reflected on the silver screen. When we put out our first list of the Best Movies About Death and

Where is Green Burial Available in Canada?

What is Green Burial? Green or natural burial is the process of human disposition with the least environmental consequences, while encouraging greater land stewardship. Bodies are not prepared using chemical embalming fluids, are placed in simple shrouds or biodegradable caskets, and concrete vaults are not used, nor are traditional markers (headstones & footstones). In Canada,

A History of Spiritualism: Speaking to the Dead

Imagine a dimly lit room in an old, ornate yet dilapidated mansion… a group of people silently huddle together around a table holding hands. One person calls out asking for the spirits of the dead to communicate with the living. Taps are heard through the ether before the table begins to violently shake. Then silence. This

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

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

For our latest #TalkDeath video, we sat down with Melissa, the Modern Mortician, and her grief-therapy dog Kermit! We asked you for questions, and we were overwhelmed by your response! From autopsy methodology to eco-friendly urns, we talked death and dying with Melissa for over an hour. We are going to be slowly releasing different parts of our

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.