Pia Interlandi addresses death and decomposition in her designs. "The body becomes the landscape," she says. Photo courtesy of Pia Interlandi.

A few years ago Pia Interlandi dressed and buried 21 pigs in order to learn more about how garments decompose in the grave. Read Full Article
Skulls Unlimited International cleans the skulls and skeletons of anything from people's pets to humpback whales to humans.

Not only is there a company called Skulls Unlimited International, they even have their own museum! Read Full Article
In her new book, "Rest In Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses", Bess Lovejoy explains what actually happened to Rasputin's penis, and the details behind many other famous corpses.

What do Rasputin’s penis, Shelley’s heart and Einstein’s brain have in common? Read Full Article
The Museum of Death, in Los Angeles, features Suicide Hall, the California Death Room and an exhibit on executions.

JD Healy and Cathee Shultz once built their own guillotine. The couple now runs the Museum of Death, in Los Angeles. Read Full Article
Barbara Anderson has spent more than two decades working with the police as a forensic artist. When a body is found rotted beyond recognition it is Anderson who must reconstruct the face in order to get an idea of what that person looked like in life.

Barbara Anderson has spent more than two decades working as a forensic artist for police departments in California. When a body is found rotted beyond recognition it is Anderson who must put the pieces together and produce an image or mold of what that person’s face looked like in life. Read Full Article
Joseph Haydn was a musical genius. After his death his friend broke into the cemetery and took his skull. Colin Dickey discusses this and other tales of skull stealing in his latest book, “Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius”.

Colin Dickey has written about the history of cemeteries, library bone collections and the afterlives of the saints. Read Full Article
Katherine Ramsland was writing about vampires well before HBO’s “True Blood” series got going. For her 1999 book, Piercing the Darkness, she spent time with vampires the world over.

Think you know vampires just because you watch Twilight or True Blood? Think again. Read Full Article
Kevin Williams runs a popular near death experiences website, www.near-death.com. I no longer have any doubt that life goes on after death, says Williams.

Is it really possible to float above your own body? Does consciousness live on after we die? Are all our brains and the entire universe just a hologram? Read Full Article
People the world over dream of flying, which may be a way to transcend typically negative reactions to being reminded about one’s own death.

Does being reminded about death lead to hatred, killing and war? Does it make you want to buy a Lexus? Did George Bush win reelection in 2004 because we’re scared of dying? And why do people the world over dream of flying? Read Full Article
The Japan Society, in New York City, has a series of exhibits centered around the one year anniversary of the Japanese tsunami. When it comes to displaying disasters educators and curators must answer difficult questions, like how gruesome to make exhibits, and how much death is appropriate for children to see.

How do you educate people about one of the most horrific disasters of our time? When is something too gruesome to show in a museum exhibit? And why are the most powerful images sometimes the least gruesome? Read Full Article
After Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi the sheriff told the funeral home director to bury him immediately, but Till’s mother wanted the world to see what they had done to her son. Suzanne Smith discusses the case in her new book, “To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death”.

Slave getaways were plotted at funeral homes, civil rights leaders were shuttled to safety in hearses, and after writing his famous letter from the Birmingham jail it was a prominent local funeral director that bailed out Martin Luther King Jr. Read Full Article
“With a funeral you never know what’s going to happen,” says Priscilla Etienne, who runs a company that takes professional photos at funerals. “Someone might jump up and leap on the coffin. Emotions are real, they’re raw.”

Priscilla Etienne runs a London-based company called Funeography that takes professional photos at funerals. Read Full Article
The freemasons are a secretive organization with obscure origins and mysterious symbols. Norman Miller is 93 years old and has performed more than 1,000 masonic funerals.

Norman Miller fought in World War II then Korea and has been leading Freemason funeral services ever since. Read Full Article
In 1821, the Romantic poet John Keats died of tuberculosis at the age of 26. A period of “tuberculosis chic” followed, says Professor Deborah Lutz.

Deborah Lutz has written about Gothic villains, Victorian sex rebels and the Cannibal Club; her latest book is on Victorian death culture. She is an assistant professor at Long Island University. Read Full Article
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced some 3-4,000 widows, and 1,000 more from deaths that occur on bases and suicides. American Widow Project is reaching out to them.

Taryn Davis married the love of her life and was about to finish college, then she got the worst news of her life. Her husband Michael had been killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Read Full Article
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