How do you define Death? And on the flipside, how do you define Life? What does it mean to be alive?
Taylor’s suicide changed Genevera’s life in innumerable ways. “It changed everything about who I am, what my priorities are, who I want to be.”
Still Life with a Volume of Wither’s ‘Emblemes’ 1696
Tate represents death in vanitas art.
“Our society has tried to make death invisible, thinking that if we ignore it long enough it will go away. Often we as family and loved ones are so afraid of death that even mentioning the word to terminal patients is taboo. We think the dying are oblivious to what is happening to them. Sadly,Continue reading “Wise Words Wednesday: Anderson”
Early in my journey toward becoming a death doula, I came across the book Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty. Doughty is a founder of Order of the Good Death and a tireless advocate for death positivity and education. This book talks about her time as a brand new employee in a crematoryContinue reading “Wise Words Wednesday: Doughty”
Chadwick Boseman died this weekend. He was 43 and died of colon cancer. His diagnosis was kept confidential between his closest family and friends, meaning he showed incredible determination and strength working to make moving art with pain and grace. This article in the USA Today is a timely reminder about the uptick of colonContinue reading “Media Monday: Chadwick Boseman”
For Media Monday: A friend shared this article last week, and I’m not sure how I missed it earlier. Mass death and the effects it has on last responders is an issue I’ve long been interested in. This article mentions 9/11 because it is focused on New York during the height of the pandemic, butContinue reading “Media Monday: Last responders in Vanity Fair”
July’s question is “What would a peaceful, dignified death look like to you?” This question will only serve as an ice-breaker. Every question is welcome. Please RSVP to receive Zoom meeting link and code of conduct.