Death, et seq.

Death, et seq.

Death, et seq. literally means "Death and what follows." This podcast addresses all aspects of death care in the United States -- options for funerals and disposition, the ways in which "traditions" are being disrupted, and where death care is headed. A broad range of experts within the funeral industry and various reform communities are invited to share their views. Listeners are invited to actively participate by submitting questions and topics of interest.

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    Episode 18: Music & Mortality: Murder Ballads and The Couldn't Be Happiers

    Jodi Hildebran Lee and Jordan Crosby Lee are the Couldn't Be Happiers. Check them out at On this episode, they play murder ballads The Long Black Veil and a feminist re-imagining of Pretty Polly, plus their original song Jackson Square (which may or may not be about reincarnation).

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    Episode 17: The Impact of the Protestant Reformation on Burial Practices (with Jordan Artrip)

    The Protestant Reformation of the early 16th century changed countless aspects of everyday life for every kind of person across Europe. One of the things most profoundly affected was the popular conception of death. On this episode, I will be speaking with third year Wake Forest University Law School student Jordan Artrip about how the theology of the Reformation caused a paradigm shift for how death and the dead were viewed by society, as well as the practical effects of that shift on life and religious practice.

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    Episode 15: Death Related Holidays with Tyler Cunningham

    In the first episode produced with students from Funeral & Cemetery Law class at Wake Forest University, third year law student Tyler Cunningham discusses death related holidays including Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, Famadihana, and Chuseok.

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    Episode 14: Cemetery Tourism in Philadelphia and Music by Dan Zlotnick

    This hybrid episode combines Cemetery Tourism in Philadelphia and the music of recording artist Dan Zlotnick. In Part I, I discuss the history and some of the notable burials in Spruce Street Cemetery, the Old Pine Street Church churchyard, Christ Church churchyard and burial ground, the potter’s field in Washington Square, and Laurel Hill Cemetery. In Part II, singer-songwriter Dan Zlotnick shares two original songs, “Day 2 for Dina,” and “The Man Who Died Here Saved Me,” as well as his covers of The Avett Brothers’ “The Greatest Sum” and the folk song “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me.”

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    Episode 13: Sarah Crews on Conservation Burial, Home Funerals, Music & Mortality

    This is Tanya Marsh and you’re listening to Death, et seq. My guest this week is Sarah Crews, the director of Heart Land Prairie Cemetery in Salina, Kansas, the first all natural burial ground in Kansas, and the President of the National Home Funeral Alliance. Sarah also has a background in hospice and music.

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    Episode 12: Josh Slocum of The Funeral Consumers Alliance

    My guest this week is my friend Josh Slocum, who is the Executive Director of Funeral Consumers Alliance and the co-author of Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death. Josh is a consumer advocate who is also willing to give consumers a little tough love in the face of what he refers to as learned helplessness. At the same time, he argues that the industry should be more transparent with pricing so that consumers are better able to make decisions that are meaningful and affordable.

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    Episode 11: Amy Cunningham and the Meaningful Funeral

    Amy Cunningham is a progressive funeral director and the owner of Fitting Tribute Funeral Services in New York City. A former journalist, Amy co-authors a blog, The Inspired Funeral, with Kateyanne Unullisi.

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    Episode 10: Cemetery Tourism in NYC and Boston

    This is the first episode in a series called "Cemetery Tourism," in which various cemeteries that have common characteristics are examined. This episode looks at the colonial cemeteries in two of the earliest urban centers in the United States -- New Amsterdam/New York City and Boston. Cemeteries discussed include Trinity Churchyard, King's Chapel Burying Ground, Copp's Hill Burying Ground, Granary Burying Ground, and Central Burying Ground.

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