LifeHacker, June 2017

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The second installment in my DeathHacker column. Learn about donating your body “to science,” how your corpse may be treated, and how and where to bequeath your remains.


DeathHacker: You’re Going to Die, Here’s How to Deal With It

LifeHacker, February 2017

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The first article of a recurring column I launched on LifeHacker, called, naturally, DeathHacker. I present some ways to think and talk about mortality that will hopefully make you relax a bit about it, manage the anxiety, and maybe be able to let go.


Dying Trans: Preserving Identity in Death

The Order of the Good Death, January 2017

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I spoke to trans people, funeral directors, and other experts about how those who may be estranged from their families can protect their identities and wishes after their deaths. This article is a much-edited version of a lecture I presented at Death Salon: Mütter Museum.


Retrobituaries: Forensic Science Pioneer Frances Glessner Lee

Mental Floss, July 2016

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A look back at the life and influence of the “Mother of Forensic Science” who constructed the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. 


This Chef Wants You to Eat Your Grief

Munchies/Vice, June 2016

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An interview with chef Claire Phelan, who hosts speakeasy-style secret pop-up dinners like the one I attended, which was designed to assuage grief with its therapeutic ingredients.


Perfume Bottles, Boats, and Shrunken Heads in a Museum of Everyday Objects

Hyperallergic, June 2016

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I wrote about my dreamy and disorienting visit to the unique and bizarre Pitt Rivers Museum.


Why I Decided to Become a Death Doula at 33

Refinery29, October 2016

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Death doula Evi Numen explains what led her on this unusual path and what her deathbed duties entail.


17 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Funeral Directors

Mental Floss, June 2016

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I wrote about the behind-the-scenes secrets of morticians for Mental Floss.


It’s Okay to Giggle at the Clown Funeral

Atlas Obscura, February 2016

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On the first Sunday in February, a funeral took place at All Saints Church in Haggerston, North London. At the beginning of the proceedings, clowns entered the church anarchically, causing a ruckus, poking people with puppets, and brandishing balloon animals. This was to be expected, for the occasion was the Grimaldi Service—London’s annual clown funeral.