Category Archives: Soulful Expressions

Terminal Illness Ties Bring Death into Fashion

An artist creates stunning neckties designed to educate and make us smile

We often think of fashion as a fun distraction from the stress of daily life. Most fashion designers celebrate lighthearted youth, beauty and vitality, with brands claiming to shave 10 years off of your appearance using only a well-tailored dress … Continue reading

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“Festival of Death and Dying” Builds Attendees’ “mortality muscles”

New festival aims to shift the way we think about mortality

What comes to mind when you think about the words “festival” and “death”? Peter Banki, an associate member of the Philosophy Research Initiative at the University of Western Sydney, hopes you will get curious, and a little excited. Banki is … Continue reading

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“The Unforgetting” Explores the Evolution of Grief

Artist Peter Watkins makes evolving photos and installations following his mother's suicide

An artist confronting grief has the almost insurmountable task of expressing deep, complex feelings to complete strangers. This is especially true for an artist dealing with the death of a parent. It is even more so when the death was … Continue reading

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A Community of Cremation Vessels: Cloud of Stars by Zhufei Zhufei

Chinese architecture blends technology with tradition in this columbarium

Today, social media pervades our culture, setting the tone for the way we choose to experience life. So why not tailor technology to accommodate the ways we choose to experience death? Design for Death finalist Zhufei Zhufei is one of … Continue reading

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Urban Death Project Composts Human Remains

Katrina Spade proposes human compost structure as place of memorial and "recomposition"

Architect Katrina Spade may be the first person to offer an alternative to burial or cremation of human remains: composting. It has been true since time immemorial that our bodies come from and return to the earth. We are what … Continue reading

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When Everyday Objects Become Sacred

An artist remembers the loss of her mother through photography

After artist Beatriz Ruibal lost her mother, Carmen, she discovered that her grief was painful and slow. Two years later, every inanimate object in Ruibal’s home became a reminder of her mother’s death, and Ruibal found that she couldn’t escape from … Continue reading

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