Since January 2011, a ’death insider’ has been breaking down the mysterious world of death, dying, and what happens to our bodies and remains once we’ve shuffled off this mortal coil.
The business of funerary rites and procedures, dating back as far as humans have been dying, is a fantastically varied one. Different cultures celebrate the passing of a soul in countless different ways. Bodies have been buried in caskets, slid into peat bogs, burned on pyres, dismembered and scattered, mummified, and even sometimes ingested.
Caitlin, a licensed funeral director with a degree in Mortuary Science, has started the organization "Order of the Good Death" to shed some light on the cryptic and often impenetrable business of mortuary. Her videos on YouTube answer pressing, and sometimes strange, questions regarding death and our bodies.
The Order of the Good Death was founded in January of 2011 by Caitlin, a mortician and writer living in Los Angeles, CA. Since then, the Order has expanded to include filmmakers, poets, musicians, artists, and writers exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality.
The Order of the Good Death is about making death a part of your life. That means committing to staring down your death fears- whether it be your own death, the death of those you love, the pain of dying, the afterlife (or lack thereof), grief, corpses, bodily decomposition, or all of the above. Accepting that death itself is natural, but the death anxiety and terror of modern culture are not.
While not without detractors (often largely directed from industry insiders who insist these ’trade secrets’ remain unknown), Caitlin has attracted a following of her videos and website because of her ability to demystify the whole field in a respectful, yet candid way.
Gallows humour has always been one way of dealing with these issues, and that is another way Caitlin reveals potentially discomfiting truths about the biz in her droll videos.
Forgotten British Heroes Campaign 2015-08-04 0:16
The text of the letter from the Forgotten British Heroes Campaign to the Israel ambassador in London, Daniel Taub.
This will be delivered to the Israel Embassy on Saturday 1st August, the day on which the Campaign will hold a wreath-laying and then a meeting at the site of a notorious Zionist terrorist bombing near to Trafalgar Square (the former British ...
Executive arrested over disappearance of $390 million in Bitcoins 2015-08-03 23:38 Mark Karpeles, head of collapsed MTGox Bitcoin exchange held by Japanese police
Japanese police on Saturday arrested Mark Karpeles, head of the collapsed MtGox Bitcoin exchange, over the disappearance of about $390 (£250 million) worth of the virtual currency, local media said.
France-born Karpeles, 30, is suspected of having accessed the exchange's computer system and falsifying data on its outstanding balance, ...
Sweden invents a word for girls' genitals equivalent to 'willy' for boys 2015-08-03 23:37
Everyone in the Scandinavian country uses the term ‘snippa’ for girls’ genitals. But few know it was a feminist invention
Snoppen och Snippan, a TV cartoon of dancing children’s genitalia, was a massive hit on the internet.
I only ever speak English to our three-year-old daughter, and my wife only speaks Swedish to her. The one exception is the word snippa. It’s ...
Europe should be "preserved" for Europeans, says Hungarian PM 2015-08-03 23:07
The Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, says there is a link between illegal migrants heading to Europe and a rising threat of terrorism. He is seen here speaking on Saturday. Orban's conservative government has erected a four-metre-high fence along its border with Serbia. Orban, whose Fidesz party is losing ground to Hungary's far right, Eurosceptic, anti-immigration Jobbik party, adds that ...