Caitlin Doughty: From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity: Caitlin Doughty of The Order of the Good Death

Everyone’s favorite undertaker, Caitlin Doughty, has spent the last few years since her first book, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, was released traveling the world to experience global death traditions and rituals, opening her own green funeral home, leading The Order of the Good Death, and posting her YouTube series, Ask a Mortician. Caitlin’s new […]

All The Saints You Should Know : Elizabeth Harper

All The Saints You Should Know

New favorite blog alert: All the Saints You Should Know: Bodies, Bones, Relics, Lore and Oddities from the Catholic Church by Elizabeth Harper. Because, you know you should know these. Elizabeth is a member of The Order of the Good Death, and travels the lands to research and photograph the folk practices of Catholicism and the […]

Exceptional And Heartbreaking Regalia: The Luminous Mourning Jewels of Julia DeVille

Exceptional And Heartbreaking Regalia: The Luminous Mourning Jewels of Julia DeVille

As the tale goes, jeweler and sculptor of contemporary memento mori Julia deVille, apprenticing under a handful of the greatest and most formidable masters ever known, honed and refined her talismanic skills over the course of several centuries and quietly emerged from her draconian education in the mid-19th century as a master alchemist–with soul almost all intact! […]

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Remembering the Morbid Anatomy Museum

  There’s a Morbid Anatomy-shaped hole in our hearts. Last year, on December 18th, the Morbid Anatomy Museum first announced that they would be closing their doors. Shortly thereafter the museum was beautifully eulogized by Evan Michelson. Now we here at Haute Macabre would like to raise a glass in tribute to a singular institution that was dear to […]

I Held My Own Death Cafe and You Can, Too

I Held My Own Death Cafe And You Can Too

A memory from a visit to my grandparent’s house when I was in my early twenties: My grandfather was still alive then, and he had endeavored to gather my sisters and I together for what was to be a Serious Conversation. We perched anxiously upon their saggy, sage green sofa, clutching scratchy, decorative throw pillows in […]

A Mortician's Tale - death-positive gaming

A Mortician’s Tale: Death-Positive Gaming

If you’ve never considered yourself a lover of video games, that all is about to change. Inspired by Caitlin Doughty and The Order Of The Good Death, A Mortician’s Tale is a narrative-driven game set in the fictional Rose And Daughters Funeral Home — it’s also a nail in the coffin of unimaginative first-person-shooters as […]

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Evi Numen, Death Doula

Death has been stalking me for the last few years. And I don’t mean in the “we are all dying, every day we are a little closer to the grave” sense. I mean, my name is engraved on the dance card, and the grim reaper has sights set on a waltz. I mean: my uncle died […]

Death Salon Dark Artisans' Bazaar

Death Salon + The Dark Artisans’ Bazaar

The fifth Death Salon event is rapidly approaching, hosted the weekend of October 5-6 at the stunning Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Death Salon is fashioned in the spirit of eighteenth-century salons, as an informal gathering of intellectuals and enthusiasts, dedicated to conversations on mortality and mourning and their effects on our culture and history. […]