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 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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    Episode 8: Bob Fells of ICCFA on The Value of the Traditional Funeral

    Today’s podcast features my conversation with Bob Fells, General Counsel of the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association, known as ICCFA. Bob was formerly the Executive Director and General Counsel of ICCFA, retiring from his role as Executive Director in 2017. Bob shares his perspective on the proposed changes to the Funeral Rule, the pressures facing the death care industries, and the value of a traditional funeral.

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    Episode 7: A Preview of Dark Archives with Megan Rosenbloom

    Megan Rosenbloom is Associate Director for Instruction Services at the Norris Medical Library of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and the co-founder and director of Death Salon, the event arm of The Order of the Good Death. Rosenbloom is writing a book called Dark Archives, anticipated to be published in 2019, which describes the history and discusses the ethics involved in "anthropodermic bibliopegy," books alleged to have been bound in human skin.

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    Episode 6: History, Music, and Mortality with David Childers and Phil Chaney

    In this week’s episode of Death, et seq., I am talking to two of my favorite people about two very different topics. First, I’ll be talking to my uncle, Philip Chaney, about his experience growing up in a funeral family in a small town in Nebraska in the mid-20th century. Second, I’ll be talking to my friend David Childers, a recording artist on Ramseur Records, and the singer and guitar player that you hear along with my son Riley Sherman on the music that opens each episode of Death, et seq. Music is an important part of the rituals surrounding death, and I am looking forward to having a number of episodes in which I talk to musicians about the connection between music and mortality. So, today on Death, et seq. — history, music, and mortality.

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