‘Being the Smoke’: One Man’s Choice to Be Cremated Under the Open Sky

Ruth Graham writes for the New York Times on Dr. Philip Incao’s cremation at Crestone, Colorado, which is currently the site of the only outdoor funeral pyre in the USA: Dr. Incao’s ceremony began with family members and friends laying juniper branches and flowers on the body. Incense burned in a terra cotta pot tended … Read more‘Being the Smoke’: One Man’s Choice to Be Cremated Under the Open Sky

“Befriending Death, Embracing Life”

Hospice worker James Jarrett writes for the Spiritual Naturalist Society: For Spiritual Naturalists, spirit is not something apart from Nature. In fact, the origins of the English word “spirit” have to do with breath. We see this connection in the word “inspiration”. When a new baby is born their first task is in fact a … Read more“Befriending Death, Embracing Life”

“How do I grieve if there’s no afterlife?”

Rick Snedeker’s article for OpenSky – a newly-launched media platform for secular folk – offers words of wisdom for confirmed atheists in mourning: For us, life is what it finitely is; we’re convinced there’s zero chance for a potentially better sequel in a great beyond. So, carpe diem (“seize the day,” in Latin) is an appropriate motto … Read more“How do I grieve if there’s no afterlife?”

“A Neuroscientist Prepares for Death”

Neuroscientist David J. Linden writes in his new piece for The Atlantic: And because our brains are organized to predict the near future, it presupposes that there will, in fact, be a near future. In this way, our brains are hardwired to prevent us from imagining the totality of death. If I am allowed to speculate—and I hold … Read more“A Neuroscientist Prepares for Death”

The Satanic Temple’s Shiva Honey Speaks on Rituals for Death and Dying

Shiva Honey speaks to Sacred Tension host Stephen Bradford Long on her forthcoming book The Devil’s Death: Your Satanic Companion for Grief and Dying. Scheduled for release in early 2022, the book will cover: How to approach death and find comfort through a non-theistic Satanic lens Creating your own concept of ‘A Good Death’ Creating … Read moreThe Satanic Temple’s Shiva Honey Speaks on Rituals for Death and Dying