Every month we will give a shout out to a few particularly awesome bloggers and vloggers in the life and death sphere. This month we look at Life. Death. Whatever., Ask a Mortician and Dying Matters!
We love the Life. Death. Whatever. Blog! Run by Anna, an end of life doula, and Louise, a progressive funeral director, the website is dedicated to opening up conversations about death. The two inspirational women say “We believe that death is a normal part of life and dying is part of living.” The website is chock full of fantastic posts covering views on how the funeral industry approaches death, indie movie reviews, art installations and much more. The blog itself isn’t updated much, but there’s plenty to look at on their social media pages - namely Instagram and Twitter! It’s also worth checking out their sister website Unsaid, a place where people can leave the words they left unsaid to their deceased loved ones.
Caitlin Doughty’s YouTube channel, As a Mortician, is easily one of the most fascinating channels relating to death! She covers an impressive range of topics from factual stuff such as what happens to the body when it dies, organ donation and different types of burial (land, sea and everything in between!). She touches on world catastrophes such as Hiroshima and historical figures. Even though the subject matter can be morbid at times, she manages to make everything accessible, funny and educational! Caitlin also gives a few tips on making your death plan, as featured in the video below!
The blog section of Dying Matters, a charity encouraging people to be more open about death and bereavement, is consistently amazing. They are dedicated to educating the public on all things to do with dying. Their posts include personal stories from people from all walks of life, book reviews, campaign updates, useful information on palliative care and help in dealing with bereavement. We highly recommend checking out their Information section too. You’ll find a wealth of helpful information such as how to know when death is near and how to cope with a violent, sudden death in the family.