Tag Archives: Death of a Mother

How Embalming Cultures Accidentally Prevented the Coffin Birth Phenomenon

In the late 19th century, formaldehyde solved one of humanity's greatest mysteries

What happens when you die while pregnant? For most women, nothing at all. Unless the fetus is viable, and doctors work to save an unborn child from its host’s womb, the fetus simply dies alongside the woman. However, rare cases … Continue reading

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Film Review: Tig by Directors Ashley York and Kristina Goolsby

A documentary about comedian Tig Notaro's humor through tragedy

First, Tig Notaro went to the hospital for a rare gastrointestinal illness. Then her mother died. Then she got breast cancer. Then she went through a breakup. Just one of these events is enough to make anyone question their existence … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Story Lately Told by Anjelica Huston

Part one of Huston's autobiography reveals a fascinating childhood, difficult father-daughter relationship and the death of Huston's mother

It’s easy to understand why actress, model and 70s “It Girl” Anjelica Huston has divided her memoir in two. The first half, A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in London, Ireland and New York (Scribner, 2013) primarily chronicles her … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ponette (1996) by Jacques Doillon

Jacques Doillon's film explores the way a young girl handles the death of her mother

In the American trailer for French director Jacques Doillon‘s 1996 film “Ponette,” the narrator coolly clarifies that this “is not a film about death” but rather “the celebration of life.” By the end of the film, the viewer realizes that this … Continue reading

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Memorial Song: “Angel” by The Corrs

A tribute song focused on remembering the angelic qualities of a mother after her death

  In 2004, the Corrs, a Celtic folk rock group consisting of three sisters and one brother, released a beautiful, upbeat song called “Angel.” The song serves as a tribute to the group’s mother, who had died five years earlier. All … Continue reading

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