Memorial Arts include rituals, art objects, collaborations that honor the lives of, and our continuing and transformed connections to, our dead.
She is my jewel. . . . She is my death-jewel, beauteous, and when she dies, she will die a complete death, like a true animal lying on the prairie, an instrument tuned by the wind, snow and sun played on by the hooves of the oldest galloping stars. JANET FRAME Death Jewel Radio was […]
Memorial projects provide a meaningful and generative focus at times when there is a tendency to attend only to the impact of aging and illness on the body. I will assist you in the enlivening process of designing and completing a gift that will remain in the world after you die. Memorial art projects can […]
Its a zine. It’s a book. It’s an album…. I discovered these zines in my early 20s, when I was first experiencing people with dementia and the warehousing of elders, encouraged me to expand my experience and my imagination, more possibilities for connection and joy. In 1979 I took a job as activities director at […]
This film from 2008 is about deathcare in rural Japan thru the eyes of a young man who returns to his home town and learns a “new” trade.
“Our beloved cat Pagu died in 2017 – she was a true witch cat, a very powerful healing being. While she was alive I would collect her whiskers and claws and when she died I placed them on my altar. Last year, I posted about wanting to cast one into gold and turn it into […]
A beautiful intimate doc film about death within the life cycle of the family. website for the film
Artist, educator, and book illustrator, Miriam Klein Stahl created this book to honor and to preserve the stories of her grandmother, Frieda Molasky.
Maggie died unexpectedly in her sleep. Her painting studio was preserved as she left it for her memorial and a book was made of the space that she occupied as a memorial to the artist that her loved ones could bring home with them.
02.16.1907 – 09.04.2001 My grandmother loved and cared for me exquisitely. Leonore’s love and death transformed my life. I moved in with Gram when she went on hospice, a miraculous universal benefit, that enabled her to die in her own home. In gratitude I became a volunteer and advocate for palliative care and discovered a […]
“Ankle Deep,” the artist’s final creative project before her death from Cancer was a huge beautiful collaboration that culminated in a public performance after her death.
Mazel entered and exited my life unexpectedly. She showed up one day outside the door of my Lover’s studio crying for entry off the street. She was everything I most love about cats: fierce, independent, wild, and a master cuddler. She was hit by a car in front of my house last June. Her death […]
The composer, Pauline Oliveros, was my teacher at RPI 2007-2009. She joined me for a 2-hour radio program about death, memorial arts, and utopia. After her sudden death in 2016, it was amazing to revisit her reflections about death in words and music.