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WHOSE LIFE/DEATH COUNTS? A 4-Part #RadDeathReads Sponsored by NEDA (2022)

The Collective for Radical Death Studies is committed to creating and curating important educational programming that allows for the public to engage with thoughtful albeit tough topics that permeate all areas of the death, dying and disposal community.

In this 4-part Rad Death Reads series, participants will be asked WHOSE LIFE/DEATH MATTERS? first to understand that a marginalized death mirrors a marginalized life – a life shrouded in systemic oppression compounded by historical inequities; second to grapple with the idea that death can also become a vehicle for activism where Homegoings allow for Black lives to matter. Quilted death material culture allow for Queer communities to speak truth to an immortal power. Burial grounds allow cultural norms, religious affiliations and personal narrative to exist as equally distinct and sacred memorials while also serving as an important part of the landscape of the living.

Upon completing this 4-part Rad Death Reads series asking WHOSE LIFE/DEATH MATTERS? End-of-life practitioners will come away with a better understanding of how people with historically marginalized identities experience death and mourning, thus enabling participants to provide a more compassionate and culturally competent practice.


May 2022: Too Poor to Die Well: Exploring the Invisibility of Indigent Death
Curated by Dr. Amy Shea

Week 1 (May 7 & 8): What is Indigent Death?

Week 2 (May 14 & 15): Incarcerated Death

Week 3 (May 21 & 22): Who Deserves Memorials in Death?

Week 4 (May 28 & 29): Advocacy Around Indigent Death

September 2022: Race, Culture & Ethnicity

Details coming soon

November 2022: Queer Death

Details coming soon


Note: You must register separately for each month. Stay tuned for September 2022 details!

Past Events in Series

March 2022:
Reproductive/Maternal Justice & Loss

Curated by Dr. Kami Fletcher & Sarah Chavez

Week 1 (March 5 & 6): Community Care and Filling in the Gaps

Week 2 (March 12 & 13): Black Maternal Mortality

Week 3 (March 19 & 20): Out-of-Order Grief

Week 4 (March 26 & 27): Empowerment After Loss: Support & Rituals

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