Funerary Rituals Across Time And Culture
You're going to die. It's OK, so will I. In fact, everyone will. And so with that said the conversation turns to how we wish to go. For over a century the answer to that question has usually involved your loved ones paying large sums for a box and a plot.
But as our culture evolves and attitudes towards religion and the environment change, so too do the funerary practices of ol'. This hour, we speak with a mortician, an artist and an environmental journalist about newer, greener, cheaper, and arguably stranger ways to deal with the dead.
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- Caitlin Doughty - Mortician, death-positive activist and author of From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death; she also runs Undertaking L.A., a non-profit funeral home in Los Angeles, CA
- Joanna Ebenstein - Artist, creator of the Morbid Anatomy blog and author of Death: A Graveside Companion
- Mark Harris - Former environmental journalist and adjunct instructor at Moravian College; he’s the author of Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.