By Leader Contributor Megan Lanius
From the “Death Positive” movement in Austin, TX, to the rare access to a funeral for a Brazilian tribe chief, the funeral industry reaches every part of the world, and here’s the roundup of the most recent links to keep you informed.
In the U.K., two council members were fired after videos filmed in a cemetery went viral on TikTok. Read more here.
When a medical examiner refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccine, issues arise around who can perform autopsies or where autopsies can be performed. Read more here.
One of the latest trends in the funeral industry is replicating the coffins from The Squid Game, a new show on Netflix.
The force was strong with Brenda Morris as she was carried to her final resting place, thanks to dedication from the staff at Thomas Brothers Funeral Home.
The “Death Positive” movement is gaining ground in Austin, TX, thanks to hospice nurse Heather Black. Learn more about this community in this article.
The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel is offering a chilling event, The Haunting, which allows participants to experience a burial simulator. This simulation gives guests the opportunity to get in a casket, ride to the cemetery, and experience their own funeral. Learn more here.
Delois Hammett, manager of Hammett Vault & Monument Co., said on the supply and demand issues for monuments, “Everybody is behind. Some people think when you lay them to rest that’s it. No, you need to come back and get the monument. You know that family is wanting their monument. That is the final step.”
A photographer was granted rare access to the funeral of Chief Aritana of the Yawalapiti people in Brazil. Click here to read the article and see the corresponding photos of the indigenous Xingu tribe.
Elmwood Cemetery of Detroit is the oldest integrated cemetery of Michigan and has an arboretum with more than 100 different species of trees, some of which are over 100 years old. Read more about Elmwood Cemetery here.
The Cawley & Peoples Mortuary Museum in Marietta, OH, offers a unique experience to its guests. To learn more about this museum and how to visit, click here.
The National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, TX, honors the funeral industry’s evolvement and educates people on funeral customs around the world. Read more about the museum here.
In honor of Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, the Latino Center of Art and Culture in Sacramento, CA, recreated a Mexican cemetery where families could come to remember their loved ones who have gone on before them.