Henry Fersko-Weiss, a New York social worker, helped birth the movement in 2003 when he created a training program for “death doulas” after noticing similarities between birthing and dying. “There’s a great deal unknown, there’s a great deal of pain and a need for support for the people around the person who is going through the experience”, said Fersko-Weiss in an interview last year with The New York Times .
In recent years, the campaign has grown in popularity thanks to Caitlin Doughty, a Mortician, and host of the YouTube channel “Ask A Mortician ” who coined the “death positive” phrase.
On this episode of The Stream, we will explore what it means to be “death positive” and discuss the various ways people are learning to embrace their mortality.
On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:
Francesca Arnoldy, @DoulaFrancesca
Alua Arthur, @goinggracefully
Death Doula & Founder, Going with Grace
Founder & Director of Heart Land Prairie Cemetery