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Are dead bodies dangerous?

2013 August 24
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Caitlin Doughty is a licensed mortician and founder of the Order of the Good Death. In this short video she addresses the concern about bodies being dangerous. Note: Caitlin is a young, new breed of funeral directors. She is very tongue-and-cheek in her videos and uses antics to express and demonstrate her points. I, personally, find it very funny. But we all have different tastes so others may not find it humorous! If you want more, Caitlin has over 20 videos on ~ Donna Belk

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3 Videos from Laurel Lewis, a transition specialist and death and dying educator.

2013 August 24
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Below are three short videos by Laurel Lewis, a transition specialist. The videos present material that is not discussed frequently (such as poop at the time of death) in a matter-of-fact and professional manner.

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Secrets of the funeral industry

2013 August 24
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A funeral director posted this on addressing the secrets and abuses of the funeral industry. It’s a good read. The text is copied below, but I recommend you click on the link so you can review the comments.

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2012 August 14
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Here is an anointing practice that I compiled from several different sources.


Anointing is a devotional practice to honor, to consecrate and as a sign of affection. It is something we bestow upon another as a blessing.

It has been practiced for thousands of years as a way to invite the divine into our lives, our hearts, and our minds. When we anoint ourselves or others we are inviting the Divine to be a part of us. Even to this day inn last rites priests use oils to consecrate and bless someone who is preparing to journey out of the body. With this intent, we do so anoint, bless and pay homage to our dear _______.

  • I anoint your brow that your mind may be clear
  • I anoint your ears that you may hear the words of Spirit
  • I anoint your eyes that you may see clearly and discern your truth
  • I anoint your lips that you may speak your truth
  • I anoint your shoulders now released from the burdens they have borne
  • I anoint your heart, receptacle of your purity and connection to the Divine
  • I anoint your arms and hands thanking them for how they have served the world
  • I anoint your legs and feet that have so lovingly supported you on your path
We seal upon you this washing and anointing, that you leave this dear body with appreciation and blessings. In beauty it is finished.

Biblical References to Anointing:

  • Mark 14:8: She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.
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A really good friend

2012 July 26
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This is from Lee Webster, Turning Leaf Home Funerals, in New Hampshire.

Ask a Mortician

2012 July 21
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This is a website from an actual mortician, Caitlin, who is very helpful and hilarious at the same time. It is a bit irreverent, but she has lots of great information and I recommend that you view some of the videos on her website. ~ Donna Belk
Order of the Good


Prayers of Passing

2012 March 28
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I found these two Prayers of Passing recently (March 2012). I recommend you create your own.

Departure Prayer

All That Is,
Beloved Angels,
Precious Source of Life, read more…

Going Out in Style

2012 March 23
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I just finished reading a book by Marcia Beachy,Going Out in Style: A Guide to Planetary Departure. Marcia wrote a very interesting chapter that is a First Aid for Departure. She presents some very far-thinking perspectives, with lots of practical application.

The focus of this book is on conscious dying … which automatically results in more conscious living. I highly recommend reading this delicious book. ~ Donna

Midwife to the Dying, there I’ve said it

2012 March 1
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I have struggled for a few years now with what term to call a person who is working along side another who is dying. Here are some of the terms and in parenthesis are some of the problems with the terminology from my perspective:

  • 11th-hour companion (takes a lot of explaining what this entails)
  • non-medical support for the dying (too heartless) read more…

Conscious Dying: A definition and brief history by Dr. Martha Watson

2012 January 29
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I was very interested to see this on Dr. Martha Watson’s website. It is very eloquent and an excellent summary of the idea behind conscious dying. Here is a link to the website: And for your convenience, below is the text only version.

Conscious Dying,
by Dr. Martha Watson

How can dying become a conscious act? When the person facing terminal or life-threatening illness chooses to use the dying process as a way toward a more present and loving opportunity for spiritual awakening, that person has entered the path of conscious dying. This choice offers a chance for profound healing not only to the person facing death, but also to the family, loved ones, and caregivers involved. read more…