24 episodes

Welcome to your mortality, humans! Death in the Afternoon dispels myths about death and dead bodies, dives into history and dark tales you've never heard before, and features conversations with people working to change the future of death care, Hosted by Caitlin Doughty, Louise Hung, and Sarah Chavez.

Death in the Afternoon The Order of the Good Death

    • Society & Culture
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Welcome to your mortality, humans! Death in the Afternoon dispels myths about death and dead bodies, dives into history and dark tales you've never heard before, and features conversations with people working to change the future of death care, Hosted by Caitlin Doughty, Louise Hung, and Sarah Chavez.

    Are We Failing New Morticians?

    Are We Failing New Morticians?

    Mortuary schools began as embalming schools, sponsored by embalming chemical companies. Today, mortuary schools are designed to be more holistic, covering everything a new mortician may face in the industry. But what groups are being left out of this education? The last decade has brought hard discussions around serious gaps in what is taught to students and if they're ready for the reality of working in the death industry. 
    In this episode Caitlin talks with two funeral directors, Joél Maldonado and Ezra Salter to discuss race and gender in funeral education and practice. 
     
    Episode Guests
    Joél Maldonado is a funeral director, sacred end-of-life and grief care professional, and educator. Learn more on her website, The Grave Woman. 
    Ezra Salter (they/them) is a Louisiana licensed funeral director and embalmer, a board member of Wake, a New Orleans based deathcare non-profit, and co-creator of the Louisiana LGBTQ+ End of Life Planning Guide.
     
    Episode Resources
    Sandi Baker article mentioned in the episode, Why Are All the Wax Heads Caucasian? 
    Petition to Remove Racist and Discriminatory Language From Mortuary College Dress Codes and Handbooks
    Order of the Good Death, Working in Death: How Do I Become a Mortician?
    Audio excerpt from Ask a Mortician webseries, Why Are Black and White Cemeteries Still Separate? 
    Cultural Competency: Black Hair and Skin Care for Non-Ethnic Funeral Professionals 
    Louisiana LGBTQ EOL Guide 
    Trans Death Rights Are Human Rights 
     
    Episode Credits:
    Hosted by Caitlin Doughty 
    Produced by the Order of the Good Death,
    Sarah Chavez and Lauren Ronaghan
    Edited by Alex de Freitas
    Music by Kissed Her Little Sister
    Podcast artwork by Jessica Peng

    • 38 min
    Washing Kathryn, Touching Death

    Washing Kathryn, Touching Death

    No matter how long you’ve been working with dead bodies, nothing can prepare you for working on someone you knew and loved. 
     
    Episode Resources
    This episode is an audio version of the article “Washing Kathryn, Touching Death” by Nora Menkin for The Order of the Good Death. 
    Helping to care for someone’s body in death can be a profound experience. Visit The Order website to learn more about your rights and options. 
    Have questions about becoming a mortician, or wondering if a career in death is right for you? Explore the answers in The Order’s Working in Death resources. 
    Funerals and the role of funeral directors is changing. Hear from five different directors about their work and how they envision the future of death care in our article Meet the Morticians. 
     
    Episode Credits:
    Written by Nora Menkin
    Narrated by Caitlin Doughty 
    Produced by the Order of the Good Death,
    Sarah Chavez and Lauren Ronaghan
    Edited by Alex de Freitas
    Music by Kissed Her Little Sister
    Podcast artwork by Jessica Peng
     
    The Order of the Good Death (https://www.orderofthegooddeath.com) Is supported by listeners like you! Support the Order by becoming a member (https://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/donate?)

    • 13 min
    It's Not Easy Being Green (Cemetery Edition)

    It's Not Easy Being Green (Cemetery Edition)

    Where would you even start in opening your own green burial ground? After all, every cemetery is a unique snowflake, with its own confusing blend of regulations. We speak with one expert who will cut through the confusion, and one practitioner who made it all happen. 
     
    Episode Guests
    Tanya Marsh, a professor at Wake Forest University School of Law focusing on laws regarding the status, treatment and disposition of human remains.
    Sarah Wambold is a writer and funeral director in Austin, TX.
     
    Episode Resources
    Green Burial Resources (https://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/resources/green-burial/)
    Where Can I Find a Green Burial Ground Near Me? (https://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/resources/green-burial/#finding-green-burial-grounds)
    Campo de Estrellas (https://campodeestrellas.co/) 
     
    Episode Credits:
    Hosted by Caitlin Doughty 
    Produced by the Order of the Good Death,
    Sarah Chavez and Lauren Ronaghan
    Edited by Alex de Freitas
    Music by Kissed Her Little Sister
    Podcast artwork by Jessica Peng
    The Order of the Good Death (https://www.orderofthegooddeath.com) is supported by listeners like you! Support the Order by becoming a member (https://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/donate?)

    • 34 min
    Does Death Positive Mean Death Fearless?

    Does Death Positive Mean Death Fearless?

    Hot Take: We’re all afraid of death – whether it’s the actual state of being dead one day, the pain of dying, or how your remains will be treated. Death Positive or not, that anxiety is something that bonds us all – and while it’s scary, it’s important to know you’re not alone. 
     
    Episode Resources
    This episode is an audio version of the article “Life, Death, and the Anxiety In-Between” by Louise Hung for The Order of the Good Death. 
    What is Death Positive? (https://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/death-positive-movement/)
    History of the Death Positive Movement (https://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/history-of-death-positive-movement/) 
    Resources for coping with Death Anxiety (https://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/resources/fear-of-death/)  
     
    Episode Credits:
    Narrator and writer Louise Hung 
    Produced by the Order of the Good Death,
    Sarah Chavez and Lauren Ronaghan
    Edited by Alex de Freitas
    Music by Kissed Her Little Sister
    Podcast artwork by Jessica Peng
     
    The Order of the Good Death (https://www.orderofthegooddeath.com) is made possible by listeners like you! Support the Order by becoming a member (https://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/donate?)

    • 13 min
    How a Human Composting Bill Becomes Law

    How a Human Composting Bill Becomes Law

    Episode Description
    Our future corpses have more options than ever, with eco-friendly processes like aquamation and composting being legalized across the U.S. and Canada. Find out the nitty-gritty truths on what goes into making these death alternatives a reality where you live. 
    Host, Caitlin Doughty talks to Recompose founder, Katrina Spade who has been the driving force behind legalization efforts, and Order of the Good Death Executive Director, Sarah Chavez. 
    Episode Resources
    Stay up to date with efforts to legalize composting in your state
    By signing up for the Recompose newsletter. (https://recompose.life/who-we-are/#public-policy)
    Learn more about the composting in the Order’s Resource guide.
    Episode Credits:
    Hosted by Caitlin Doughty
    Produced by the Order of the Good Death: Sarah Chavez and Lauren Ronaghan
    Edited by Alex de Freitas
    Music by Kissed Her Little Sister
    Podcast artwork by Jessica Peng
    The Order of the Good Death (https://www.orderofthegooddeath.com) Is supported by listeners like you. Support the Order by becoming a member (https://www.orderofthegooddeath.com/donate?)

    • 39 min
    Season 3 Trailer

    Season 3 Trailer

    Welcome back for Season 3 of the Death in the Afternoon, a podcast from the Order of the Good Death! 

    • 2 min

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