Tag Archives: Day of the Dead

Book Review: “From Here To Eternity: Traveling The World In Search Of The Good Death,” by Caitlin Doughty

Author Caitlin Doughty traveled the world to see how other cultures care for their loved ones who have died

“From Here To Eternity” by Caitlin Doughty is a fascinating look at funerary practices from around the world. Doughty, herself a funeral home owner, was inspired to witness how death is dealt with in other cultures. She wanted to show … Continue reading

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Mexico’s Day of the Dead

Southern and Central Mexicans honor their ancestors

The Mexican Day of the Dead is actually celebrated over two days, Nov.1 and Nov. 2, in Central and Southern Mexico. Legend holds that at midnight on Oct. 31, the gates of heaven fly open and release the souls of those … Continue reading

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Mike Egan’s Paintings Explore the Whimsical Side of Death

Fine arts grad and former embalmer Mike Egan's paintings playfully balance life and death

Mike Egan is definitely using all his professionally-acquired skills these days. Since graduating from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program in 2000, and then taking a detour through a career as an embalmer and funeral director, he … Continue reading

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Breaking the Taboo of Death

A long journey from the grim reaper to current Death Cafes

If a person searches the word ‘death’, artists’ renditions of the Grim Reaper appear on the screen—each one depicting a similar figure of a haunting, skeleton figure, enshrouded in a black cloak, drawing us forward with his scythe. These images … Continue reading

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Celebrate Day of the Dead and Halloween with SevenPonds!

A round-up of our most popular posts on these Fall holidays

In the upcoming week, we’ll see the celebration of two beloved holidays with very disparate cultural histories: Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos. This year, to help you understand and celebrate the traditions and beliefs surrounding these annual holidays, we … Continue reading

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Petaluma Arts Center Celebrates Dia de Los Muertos

Arts and Performance Honor and Celebrate Death and Culture

On September 30th, Petaluma Arts Center kicked off their eleventh annual observance of Dia de Los Muertos with “When the Souls Return/Cuando Los Muertos Regresan”, presented by Theatrical Souls. El Dia de Los Muertos – the Day of the Dead … Continue reading

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