Gaiman has written of his Death character that: Death is so adorable in “The Sandman” because I wanted to create the kind of Death that I would like to meet when my life is over, and I thought I would like a Death who is practical, a Death who is sensible, and a Death who … Read moreDeath of the Endless (“The Sandman”, 2022)
Came across this art bench – one of several set up in a secluded, grassy area adjacent to a local high school – on a recent evening walk. The quote is part of a series based on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and traditionally attributed to King Solomon (circa 10th century BC); it may be familiar to secularists … Read moreA Time to Die
There are no “signs” except those we assign.
I recently came across the Pixie Land Fairy Castle on an evening walk along the Ronan Park River Trail. (If he stays still, I might not spot him …) The Castle featured colorful flags, judiciously-placed pinecones, an array of painted stones and several fairies. Sadly, when I visited the spot last night, the Pixie Land … Read moreA Pictorial Memoir of the Pixie Land Fairy Castle
Tricia Romano’s new article for Alta offers an overview of the natural burial movement, including commentary from Morbid Anatomy founder/creative director Joanna Ebenstein and Return Home founder Micah Truman: “A lot of (people) are focusing on trying to change attitudes about death so that we can live, so we can have better deaths. And that … Read more“Ashes to Ashes”
For the people of Varanasi – the holiest of India’s seven sacred cities – death is a blessing. Stretching along the banks of the river Ganges, Varanasi is a place where devout Hindus go to die in the hope of achieving moksha: freedom from the endless cycle of death and rebirth (samsara). ‘Death hotels’ provide a … Read more“By the River”: the Death Hotels of Varanasi
Jesse Bering writes for the Scientific American on the psychology of green burial practices, especially regarding the psychological mechanism of essentialism: I’ll go out on a limb here and say that even if one doesn’t believe in some ethereal or religious version of the afterlife, it’s rather difficult to escape the cognitive illusion that the … Read more“My Dead Mother, the Tree That Never Was: The Psychology of ‘Green Burial’ Practices”
I encountered this imposing but clearly benevolent fellow while exploring our new neighborhood and was reminded of one of Hugo Simberg’s “Death Series” images: