January 2, 2016

Death and Dying resources

I'm starting a new project, which I'll start talking about at some point, but in the mean time, I'm going to start posting links to some resources and research. Maybe they'll help some of you.

ETA: I'm sort of throwing more links in as I find them today. After today, I'll collect them in new posts. If you're looking for something in particular and don't see it here, email me at hexdotink at gmail, and I'll see if I can help you out.

Get Your Shit Together helps you prepare for the possibility of unexpected death. Get advice on and help with advance directives (living wills), wills, executors, guardians for children and pers, and more. Having your affairs in order all the time -- these documents should be updated periodically -- is a huge help to family and friends if you do die suddenly. GYST doesn't have advice for other things you might want to have in order, like funeral and body disposition instructions, but some of that is part of my new work.

The Order of the Good Death is a group of death professionals, thinkers, and artists who work to normalize death in our society. We've become so alienated from the processes of death and dying in our culture that it's become unreal to us. The Order seeks to reverse that trend. This is a group I'm hoping to become involved with myself.

Death Salons are put on by members of the Order, and are events to facilitate conversations about death. These are largely professional presentation events.

Death Cafe is a more informal setting for discussions of death over food and coffee or tea. There's one here in Seattle every month, and I'm looking forward to attending one on Monday.

The Green Burial Council is a US professional organization of, well, green burial and cremation providers. They maintain a listing of all the cemeteries, crematoria, funeral directors, etc, who practice ecologically conscious body disposition that they certify to help you find one near you.

Natural Burial Providers is a similar UK site.

Natural Burial Association in Canada.

Elemental Cremation and Burial is one such provider, here in Seattle. Their services are not only green, but highly affordable, and their founder is a member of the Order of the Good Death.

Nourishing Death is a blog about the foodways of death and funerary food customs. Fascinating stuff, good recipes.

Beyond Hospice offers training for death midwives and home funeral guides.

Earth Traditions offers death midwife training in the context of paganism.

The Home Funeral Alliance offers information and support for home funerals.

Thresholds for Life is the site of a Seattle death midwife.