Exploding caskets and honest morticians…

I think I have finally found the mortician for me!!!

The mortician is Caitlan Doughty.  Her blog, Order of the Good Death, is a must read for anyone with a fascination with the macabre.

From the Order’s mission page:

The Order is about making death a part of your life. That means committing to staring down your death fears- whether it be your own death, the death of those you love, the pain of dying, the afterlife (or lack thereof), grief, corpses, bodily decomposition, or all of the above. Accepting that death itself is natural, but the death anxiety and terror of modern culture are not.

The Order also includes other filmmakers, poets, musicians, artists, and writers.  Caitlin’s “Ask a Mortician” videos are pretty great.  Check out The Order of the Good Death.


~ by siouxsielaw on July 20, 2012.

2 Responses to “Exploding caskets and honest morticians…”

  1. Wow! That’s pretty cool. My Mom raised me to accept death as part of the natural cycle of things and not to fear the unknown. My Pagan practice further establishes death and decomposition as a natural part of the cycle, but it also helps alleviate the fear of the unknown. We can SEE what happens to nature and animals in the cycle of things, and this is what’s going to happen to us. My garden, my cat, the critters around me will all die and decompose … and so will I. 🙂 It’s kind of a peaceful thought.

    Our modern, post-Freudian psychological and emotional health are diseased with a sort of “God” syndrome — we think that we are invincible. The lack of death as a daily occurrence thanks to modern medicine, particularly the lack of infant deaths, and the decrease in religious systems (faith?) have certainly had an affect on the modern state of being. This is the one great process that we human beings share with one another. We all go through it — the rich, the poor, the good and the bad. It’s unavoidable.

  2. This lady is amazing.

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