May 17, 2014 at 4:56 pm
I have joined this site is for my role as Trustee, Natural Death Centre charity. Association of Natural Burial Grounds. http://www.naturaldeath.org.uk . I’m also the NDC Tweeter @ndccharity @MoreToDeath.
The Natural Death Centre is an educational charity which sees death as a natural part of life. Founded in 1991, it is committed to supporting cultural change and is working towards a situation where all people are empowered in the process of dying, and organising a funeral. Last year alone the NDC received over 40,000 phone calls /emails to its helpline; over 140,000 new web visitors.
I’ve just passed the MSc Death & Society, Centre for Death & Society, University of Bath – now that was a cool course, we went on field trips round cemeteries.
To see what else I’ve been up to you can also find me on LinkedIn firstname.lastname@example.org
May 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm
Any of you in London tomorrow ? Sunday May 18th I’m at Levertons Funeral Directors Open Day, Camden. I’ll be the one hanging out next to a rather flowery cardboard coffin for the day chatting to the public about green funerals. Hey, the day even includes a trip around Camden in a hearse – how can you resist such a fun day out !
August 17, 2014 at 4:30 am
I have had to resort to my hobby being my livelihood because I don’t have the extra funds to go translate/transfer my credits and attend mortuary science school. I’m very upset. I’m afraid to corned source so I resorted to graphic designing for digital scrapbookers. I design invitations, cards, Facebook covers, digital scrapbook kits, and I do scrap for hire. My portfolio is at http://www.facebook.com/jessicayzscreations I’m pretty sad that I have to wait for mortuary science school now. 🙁
November 4, 2014 at 10:52 am
hi…i like u,,
August 24, 2014 at 11:14 am
Greetings ladies and jelly spoons. A pleasure to make everyone’s aquaintence.
October 30, 2014 at 11:08 am
Hello everyone, hope Ur day is awesome. Just joined, and honoured to find like minds hello to u all
October 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm
Hello, I am interested in working in/ or attending mortuary college. I have not yet attened a college though i am becoming more interested in natural burials. in 2003 i had decided that i would like to work in this profession, and i have noticed that alot is diffrent now. I have joined this website with the intention to meet someone who is either interested in the same profession or someone who is already apart of it. I am not sure how to change my profile its says Woman looking for man looking for man ,and i meant to say woman looking for man looking for woman. Anyway. I had several boxes of books that i had collected over years written on diffrent subjects about death. I had become very serious to attend a college. I had several magazines sent from the diffrent funeral colleges, i had really wanted to attend the school in san fransisco , and recently read that it closed, I thought maybe one in NYC , And just last year my car stopped working and somehow someone or something convinced me to sell all of my books to the local book store for $20 I had carried my Thanatochemisty text book and one of human oddities around then finally gave up and set by the trash. Set .. by the trash..? Now i am wondering why that happend, and have tried to find the books and purchase them back, and everytime i walk in too confused and embarrased to say that i’d like to purchase my books back. I am not sure why that happened. Though i have have noticed that natural burials are becoming more in style and legal. And i am still interested in funeral profession. And meeting someone else who is also.
November 9, 2014 at 8:04 am
hiii everyone say hi for me 🙂
i love u all my friends
November 11, 2014 at 7:25 pm
Hello everyone, embalmer from Pa, USA here, how is everyone?
November 12, 2014 at 10:44 am
November 14, 2014 at 8:54 am
I would like to know if some of you are sensitive to the smell of the loved one lost ? Some people needs to keep a photo, a record message but some others would keep the odor.. What do you think of that topic ?
November 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm
Hey Dead Meeters!
I’m going to be giving a talk in London on Death & Eroticism: the Darker Side of Desire Dec 10, would love if you could come!!
November 27, 2014 at 9:03 pm
Romany, your link seems to be broken?
December 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm
Oh no! I posted it again in the forum page, but here’s the link here https://www.facebook.com/events/324443107743677/?sid_reminder=7821126684282716160
Hopefully you can come! 🙂
November 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm
Last night “DeadmeetUp” was great. Venue was amazing, Barts Pathology Museum.
The exhibits were fascinating and so were the ones in the jars! Honestly what a great group of really interesting people. Can someone help me there was a book mentioned last night possibly called “The Undertakers Daughter”. Am I correct with the title and who wrote it?
November 27, 2014 at 9:19 pm
Hi Tara, it was the lovely Kate Mayfield and you have the title right. Great to meet you!
January 19, 2015 at 4:52 pm
Here’s a blog post I wrote about the uncanny for the Morbid Anatomy Museum:
‘The Uncanny: Liminal Spaces and the Seduction of Melancholic Mystery’
February 9, 2015 at 1:49 am
Hello all. I was too much of a night owl to study mortuary science at Humber College in Ontario, so I have become a freelance scholar and a death positivity advocate. My first thanatology class (Psychology of Death and Dying) in third year university was my most memorable class. I even invited my prof to a Death Cafe, an event which she hadn’t heard of yet!
I run the Thanatology News account on Twitter. I am organizing a series of Death Cafes in Ontario. I advocate for green burial and death positivity. I am curious about the psychology of death, given my dual background in psychology and computer science. I am especially interested in our death taboos, like sex and death, Eros and Thanatos. I like to include notes about humanity’s historical relation to the natural world, especially in terms of why and how certain animals like dogs, wolves, coyotes, and crows have come to be associated with death, and everything that implies culturally.
One day I should run my own funeral home and set my own hours, according to a good friend.
In the meantime, I intend to use my knowledge to advocate for death awareness and death positivity across Ontario, and online, more widely. I want to amplify everything that makes me proud to have studied thanatology at a higher level.
One day, I might want to open that funeral home. I would offer secular and green funerals and burials, breaking tradition.
I would be happy to network with other professionals who work with death.
I”ve had close brushes with my own mortality. It inspires me to live fully and deeply everyday.
February 28, 2015 at 4:34 pm
Hello everyone pleased to meet you. When I was younger I wanted to become a pathologist. I would love to work in a funeral home, my main dream is to work with the chief medical examiner. I love forensics!!!! I not great in chemistry/math so I’ll stick with psychology!!!!
May 5, 2015 at 3:16 am
Hey! I’m so glad something like this exists! I’m a forensic autopsy technician in kcmo! I’m just looking to connect with people who do similar work as me. Feel free to message me!
July 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm
I’m new to this site and working out the kinks. If I’m in the right place, I’m looking for people who currently practice Plastination or are interested in different embalming/preservation techniques.
July 11, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Hello Dead People (unless you can prove otherwise).
I was at the Bart’s a few months ago at a music promo night and found out about this. Very nice to have a community going.
July 13, 2015 at 8:44 am
I’ve written two audio walks for Abney Park Cemetery as part of my practice-based PhD research. They’re available on my website which is (finally!) live: http://abneyrambles.com/
There’s more information on the site about what they’re about.
Hopefully some of you in London can check them out! 🙂
August 6, 2015 at 9:10 am
Hello everyone! I joined a while ago but thought I’d finally say hello!
September 11, 2015 at 11:00 am
copied from my profile..
Worked in a public mortuary in the UK 1980-1984.
This was pre-AIDS and I dunno about now, but back then the Post Mortem rooms were split between old school Addams Family types and a new breed of well trained professionals.
My particular Mortuary was dragged kicking and screaming into modernity after my predecessor appeared in the Sunday papers holding a jar of ‘stolen’ pituitary glands and wearing suit taken from a dead man.
I quit after moving to a hospital in London where there were hardly ever any deaths. I’d been tricked into starting there on the promise of training in Histopathology only to find I was washing specimen jars for a living.
In the end I drifted into showbiz and have since worked in over 50 countries doing video for bands.
Interestingly enough, I had a recurring set of Mortuary nightmares that made me wonder how other people dream about this kind of work. When I was still in the trade, I would regularly dream about cadavers and so on, but nothing much beyond a distorted version of my everyday life. But on leaving the dreams changed and became very dark. The recurring one, would find me back working in a different mortuary, almost always an old victorian one. The fridges wouldn’t work, the doors left open, the dead would talk and I didn’t want to be working there, but had been forced into returning due to circumstances..
I haven’t had that dream for around 5 years now, but it was always troubling.
Quite odd really as I found the job fascinating at the time. I had gone into it, hoping to learn more about death and instead learned a great deal more about life and how little we understand it.
Anyway, hi all.
November 19, 2015 at 6:35 pm
I got accepted into the Funeral Service program at St.Petersburg College!!!! Whoo-hoo!!! Does anyone have any recommendations for me about how to get through my classes or get hired at a funeral home before my internship starts?
February 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm
Creative Funeral Planning Workshop. March 10th London @poetic_endings http://www.poetic-endings.com/events/2016/3/10/creative-funeral-planning-workshop at @ExploreWellcome with @anna_eol_doula
February 6, 2016 at 2:53 pm
Natural Death Salon,Feb 19 2016, London.’Fragile’ Exploring Art Works @ndccharity https://www.facebook.com/naturaldeathsalon/?fref=nf hosted by Josefine Speyer, Natural Death Centre charity founder. I am so looking forward to it.
February 6, 2016 at 2:56 pm
a highly recommended comedy theatre in London, yep, it sure is on Death ‘Good Grief’ by @jackrooke April 4-9th @SohoTheatre http://www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/jack-rooke-good-grief
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