Mortality and memory are points of inquiry in this posthumous publication.
Science Confirms That Life Flashes Before the Eyes Upon Death
It’s been an age-old trope in literature and film but now brain scans suggest it’s true.
Glimpse Heaven and Other Afterlives With Films About Life After Death
Here are some entertaining movies about the afterlife to watch.
How Filmmaker Kirsten Johnson Killed Her Father Multiple Times (for a Movie)
The documentarian talks to Hyperallergic about Dick Johnson Is Dead, and how “we need new language to allow for the extreme diversity that is life and death.”
Using Strange Humor to Grapple With Loss
Jan Oxenberg grapples with the loss of her grandmother in Thank You and Good Night, a film that’s fallen into obscurity since 1991 but is now available to stream.
An Innovative Design Solution to the Messy Matter of Cremation
“Ashes were providing such a poor user experience,” said Justin Crowe, founder of Parting Stone, a company that turns cremated remains into solidified stone-like objects.
My Session with an Artist Who Helped Me Confront Death
Lindsay Tunkl’s performance series, Parting Practice: Rituals for Endings and Failure, invites participants to practice parting from ambitions, hopes, possessions, friends, family, and your life.
Luxurious, Terrifying Visions of Death in Renaissance Memento Mori
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art is exhibiting memento mori objects from Renaissance Europe, often grotesquely designed to startle viewers into recognizing mortality.
Photographs Revisit the Places Terminally Ill Patients Chose to See Before They Died
“Once visited by these terminal patients, these places aren’t just places anymore, they turn into monuments,” artist Hrair Sarkissian said of his Last Scene project.
A Guide to Architects’ Mundane and Monumental Graves
The architects of our great landmarks are often buried beneath the humblest of tombstones, or have no marker at all.
Photographs from the World’s Largest Human Decomposition Center
For his series The Washing Away of Wrongs, Robert Shults photographed the forensic research of the world’s largest center for studying human remains at Texas State University.
Memorial Portraits Made with the Subjects’ Ashes
After the loss of her father and a close friend, Heide Hatry began making portraits where her subjects’ faces are delicately recreated with their own cremated remains.