Official CRDS partners help us evolve, disseminate, maintain, and sustain the core mission of our Collective. Our partners are individuals, groups, and organizations who actively seek to decolonize their understanding and practices around death and dying, and who help anchor our mission through dissemination, application and further enhancement of these perspectives. Essentially, Our CRDS partners not only support our mission, they put it into effective action. If you would like to work with us, have ideas how to expand our reach or want to support us in other ways, please contact us at email@example.com
Individuals, groups, and organizations who agree to be official partners of CRDS are all aligned with and support our mission. As partners, (1) each mutually benefits from the collaboration, (2) sees the direct benefits of our work amplified through implementation and (3) help to create events that have a quantifiable social impact.
CRDS partners will teach our canon, facilitate workshops at our annual conference, establish educational master classes, and support CRDS tours, events, and education further enhancing our mission to radicalize death practice, and other programmatic collaborations and mutual features in publications.
Comfort Homesake is a multi-generational, multi-lingual, multi-faith community based organization dedicated to preparing & supporting families managing chronic diseases and/ or serious illnesses. Since 2004, Comfort Homesake has been preparing families, professionals, healthcare providers, and community members with engaging and effective advance health care planning trainings, programs, and services. Contact us now at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and visit our website to learn more about Comfort Homesake: www.comforthomesake.com
Maui Nurtures was founded in 2018 by African-Canadian Robin Garrison, RN. With Robin’s experience with Hospice and Palliative Care she found that there was a need in her community that was not fulfilled and wanted to fill that gap. In addition to assisting people in their homes who would otherwise not receive services, Robin educates the community on death, dying and living the best life you can while you are here. Robin hopes to reach a diverse population with her work and would like to help diversify the field of Hospice, Palliative Care, Death and Dying. Robin is a mother of 5, midwife, hospice nurse, and massage therapist living on the island of Maui in Hawaii.
The Order of the Good Death was founded in 2011 and began as a small but passionate collective of funeral industry professionals, academics, and artists who were exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality through their own work. The work of The Order has since grown into an international movement focused on providing education, resources and support to help people live better and in turn, die better. This nonprofit publishes articles, produces a video and podcast series, and hosts the popular event series, Death Salon, as well as raises money for other charitable organizations doing crucial death work like Border Angels, Translifeline, and Colibri Center.You can read The Order’s tenets here.
Death & Culture Network (DaCNet) was founded in 2016 in University of York, UK. DaCNet seeks to explore and understand cultural responses to mortality. It focuses on the impact of death and the dead on culture, and the way in which they have shaped human behaviour, evidenced through thought, action, production and expression. The network is committed to promoting and producing an inter-disciplinary study of mortality supported by evidence and framed by theoretical engagement.
DaCNet coordinates with St Leonards Hospice the York Dead Good Festival each year in May during Dying Awareness Week, hosts a reading group, the York Dead and Culture Walk (a learning and teaching tool as a self-guiding podcasted walk) and the Emerald Series in Death and Culture.
Queer Death Studies Network: International Queer Death Studies Network (QDSN), launched in 2016 in Linköping (Sweden), constitutes a space for researchers, students, artists, activists, and other practitioners who critically and (self) reflexively investigate and challenge conventional normativities, assumptions, expectations, and regimes of truths that are brought to life and made evident by death, dying, and mourning.
Conventional engagements with the questions of death, dying and mourning are insufficient and reductive: they are often governed by the normative notions of the subject; interhuman and human/nonhuman bonds; family relations and communities; rituals; and finally, experiences of grief, mourning, and bereavement. Moreover, these engagements are often embedded in constraining beliefs in life/death divides, constructed along the lines of conventional religious and/or scientific mind/body dualisms. Against this background, QDSN serves as a site for ‘queering’ traditional ways of approaching death both as a subject of study and philosophical reflection, and as a phenomenon to articulate in artistic work or practices of mourning.