The Emergence of Death Cafes

Sarah Ritchie Dealing with Loss

A couple of months ago, I was interviewed for a podcast.  The discussion was mostly about my work as a wedding Celebrant.  One of the interviewers ultimately guided the conversation to the issues of dying, death and funerals.  She contended that our culture has been—and remains—ill-equipped to deal with end of life matters.  While I think that is generally true, …

Say Their Names

Sarah Ritchie Dealing with Loss, Public Memorial

Yesterday, as I took a long walk around Battery Park, in the far Southern part of Manhattan, I came upon a monument that I’d previously not noticed.  Looking out towards the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, one is enveloped by a large eagle commemorating Americans who died in the Second World War.  To each side of the statue are …

Grieving in the Age of Covid-19

Sarah Ritchie Dealing with Loss

In her book Remembering Well: Rituals for Celebrating Life and Mourning Death, Sarah York says, “Death is the great equalizer, but not every death is equal.”  The nearly 60,000+ Americans who have died due to the Covid-19 outbreak—and the families who mourn them—have had a very difficult death experience.  Everything about this disease and the care for the bodies of …