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Rebranding Death: What is the “death positive” movement?

 

FUNerals, coffin clubs, and death cafes are just a few ways people are embracing their mortality.
 

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
Death Doula
contemplativedoula.com
Alua Arthur, @goinggracefully
Death Doula & Founder, Going with Grace
goingwithgrace.com

Michael Hebb, @deathoverdinner
Founder, Death of Dinner
deathoverdinner.org

Sarah Crews
Founder & Director of Heart Land Prairie Cemetery
heartlandprairiecemetery.org

Read more: 
“I refuse to have a terrible death”: the rise of the death wellness movement – Fast Company
The group trying to tackle the taboo topic of dying with “death cafes” – Axios