When we first published this list in 2015, death and death positivity were ‘having a moment‘. Today, fuelled by books, movies, digital media and activists, death consciousness is everywhere. The public is becoming more aware of their post-mortem options, as well as the history and politics of death. The death positive websites and blogs you should know are just some of the individuals and organizations you have to thank for that.
This list of death positive websites and blogs is far from extensive, but it includes some of the organizations, individuals and blogs who are actively trying to change our relationship to death and dying. Some are death professionals, some want to normalize grief, some want to empower you to make informed end-of-life decisions, and some are just plain interesting.
For more death related blogs, organizations, podcasts and media sites, visit our links page.
If you know of another death positive resource or blog, leave a comment below for others to discover!
Death Positive Websites
The National Home Funeral Alliance advocates for home funerals in America, and gives you the necessary tools to plan a home funeral. The NHFA is a volunteer run organization that is the leading body of home after-death care support and education in the US. Cassandra Yonder is a good resource for home funerals in Canada.
What’s Your Grief is an excellent resource for anyone dealing with the death of a loved one. Rather than try and rush the process of bereavement, WYG encourages their readers to work through their feelings in positive, long lasting ways. This site contains blogs, grief resources, how-to’s and more.
While the online portion of Death Cafe is only secondary to their actual events, it facilitates finding an offline, death positive community. Death Cafe’s are informal meetings that happen all over the world where people get together and talk about life, death and everything in between. Chances are there is a local Death Cafe chapter in your city.
Death Over Dinner is a similar organization worth checking out! They provide the tools to host your own dinner party where you and your guests can talk about death and dying. The founder also recently released a book.
The goal of Funeral Consumers Alliance is to ensure consumers are fully prepared and protected when planning a funeral for themselves or their loved ones. The FCA fact-checks, mystery shops, and does funeral information legwork so you can be fully prepared when planning a funeral.
Canada does not have a national service similar to the FCA, but every province and some major cities will have consumer protection offices. You can find a detailed list Here.
“CINDEA is a Canadian-based organization, which respects the wisdom of ancient death traditions and encourages the renewal of older death practices that are appropriate to our modern-day life.” If you are looking for a death-midwife, end-of-life resources, advice for home funerals and more, CINDEA is your first stop.
The Ernest Becker Foundation established in 1993 “advances understanding of how the unconscious denial of mortality profoundly influences human behavior.” Named after the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Denial of Death, the EBF is a resource hub, educator, and supports a variety of academic projects.
Founded by Caitlin Doughty, The Order of the Good Death has grown to become much more than a simple blog/website raising death awareness. The Order has dozens of members including academics, morticians, funeral directors and artists. Caitlin’s well known YouTube channel, Ask a Mortician, is an informative and hilarious video series.
The Order also runs a large death positive conference, Death Salon.
“Modern Loss is a place to share the unspeakably taboo, unbelievably hilarious, and unexpectedly beautiful terrain of navigating your life after a death. Beginners welcome.” Filled with stories of grief, mourning and death acceptance, Modern Loss is a repository of stories, essays, resources and information about dealing with loss. Our Australian friends may want to check out The Ground Swell Project.
The Death Reference Desk is run by three professors and two librarians at the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath. Pulling from their knowledge and experience, the goal of the DRD is to “inform the casually interested and morbidly curious alike about All Things Death: the bizarre, the batty and the beautiful, from interesting blogs and recommended books to commentary and analysis of death in the news.”
The Green Burial Council operates in both Canada and the United States, and offers environmental certificates for funeral homes, cemeteries and product manufacturers with the goal of creating the standard for green burial in North America. The GBC’s website contains helpful information about green burial, including a reference to find a green provider near you.
Death Positive Blogs
Death & the Maiden is a blog, resource hub, and collective of women in death care. They highlight the important, historical role that women have played in death care, and their growing role in our society today. Death & the Maiden is a website of political action in the world of death care.
A 6th generation funeral director and prolific blogger, Caleb Wilde started Confessions of a Funeral Director as a window into the death profession. His blog runs the gamut from humour, memes, short stories, advice and of course, secrets from the world of funeral directors. A must read for anyone interested in the funeral profession and death awareness.
Spade & The Grave is a place to explore the topics of death, dying, and burial through the lens of archaeology. The blog is run by Robyn S. Lacy, who is an archaeologist, Cultural Heritage Specialist, and illustrator from British Columbia. Her blog is full of interesting information, and great photographs.
Your resource for morbid museums, websites, collections and more, the Morbid Anatomy blog is a treasure trove of interesting information. The blog curates death positive resources, historical and interesting facts, and art. More than that, Morbid Anatomy operates a research library at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY, holds regular art exhibits, and once operated a museum.
Death & The City is the personal blog of Los Angeles based mortician, Amber Carvaly. Amber runs Undertaking LA, an all-female mortuary “committed to bringing death back into the family’s home.” Her blog posts will give you a good idea what it is like to be a mortician.
Reddit is actually a great resource for death positivity. r/deathpositive is run by The Order of the Good Death and is a great place to keep up to date with their activities. r/deathlings is a great collection of news and information. And although it isn’t a death positive resource, r/askfuneraldirectors is a great resource for anyone thinking about a job in death care, or are curious about funeral directing in general.