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.
This show is the 15th part of a new experiment: Radio for the Deaf. Watch a simulcast of signers from Source Interpreting interpreting our radio broadcast in American Sign Language on Facebook Live.
- 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.