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Hilah Happy Hour!

I had the best time talking to Hilah about everything from American death history (Corpses on tour! Forest Lawn aka “The Disneyland of Death”!), to cooking with cremated remains (a FAQ I get), and of course, funeral and death ritual … Continue reading

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An Ice Cream Truck at the Funeral

Here’s my latest piece for Modern Loss, An Ice Cream Truck At The Funeral. In it, I talk about meaningful ways to incorporate food – and cocktails – into a memorial.

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Swedish Funeral Candy

During the mid-nineteenth century in Sweden hard sugar candies, typically in the form of a corpse and wrapped in black crepe paper with fringes became a popular funeral favor. Offered to funeral attendees with wine prior to the service, these … Continue reading

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Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) – Welcoming the Dead – Part II

Dia de Los Muertos is a period of days when the souls of the dead return to visit the living, evoking the feelings and preparations surrounding a family reunion. There has always been the understanding among families that the things … Continue reading

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Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead): History – Part I

In recent years, all things Dia de Los Muertos have become increasingly popular. You can find Mexico’s iconic imagery everywhere — from toilet seats to tattoos and even used as a popular wedding theme. Although I think its wonderful that … Continue reading

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This Is What The Deacon Died Of

The following post originally appeared on Strange Company and is shared here with permission from the author. In 1889, an incredible display of food and death takes place in Lambertville, Pennsylvania: The story of the queerest tribute to the dead … Continue reading

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Modern Loss

Here’s a recent piece I wrote for the wonderful site, Modern Loss, on ten ways people have honored their dead with food.

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Happy Birthday, There’s a Corpse in Your Cake!

Last week I came across a photograph of an item that was, at one time, available for purchase on Etsy. A small, metal viewing coffin with the unnerving inscription, “Don’t talk so much.” From the viewing window a strange, pale … Continue reading

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The Funeral Books of Thailand

If you’ve been to a wedding in the past few years, chances are you’ve been handed a wedding program upon your arrival, featuring photographs of the happy couple, tidbits about how they met, details about their families or the story … Continue reading

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Decoration Day and Dinner on the Ground

Amidst the department store sales and barbecues that are now a hallmark of Memorial Day in the US, one fascinating origin story of this day for honoring the dead and the tradition of dining with them has been forgotten by … Continue reading

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