Trans-Death: Exploring Deadnaming Through a Death Positive Lens

Deadnaming is a form of violence against trans folk that occurs in life, and in death. Are there lessons to learn between the death positive and LGBTQ movements?

#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

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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

Collective Death Rituals Around the World

What many pre-burial death rituals around the world have in common is the social. When a death occurs, communities will often come together as a show of support and care for the bereaved and their family. Food is often prepared and shared, the conversations flow, mourners are comforted, and the dead are given a farewell.

Green Burial in Canada, Where is it Available?

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,

The Rise in Popularity of Online Grief Forums

The subconscious desire we have to release our emotions can often manifest itself in peculiar ways. We have all seen the movie clichés play out, like the overworked wall street executive venting to a lady of the night, or the bar patron spinning the woes of their life to the bartender. Movie clichés aside, people

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

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