Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | Categories: Episodes |
"Still Life with Skull", a flower, a skull and an hourglass stand for Life, Death and Time in this 17th-century painting by Philippe de Champaigne.
Death is called the greatest of equalizers -- the greatest of mysteries. At one time we tended to our dead with home funerals and mourning rituals. Over the last century we pushed death further from our collective mind by outsourcing our dead to mortuary professionals. But our thinking about death may be changing. In recent years, a new phenomenon has taken hold: the rise of Death Cafes -- a place where citizens can explore their fears and concerns about any aspect of death. In Part 1 of Death Becomes Us, IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell explores this growing trend. Part 2 airs Wednesday, May 7.