What Do You Want to Have Happen to You After You Die?

This week’s issue of The New Yorker features a lengthy profile by Rebecca Mead on the rise of female morticians, with a special focus on Ask a Mortician’s Caitlin Doughty (whose work has been featured on Jezebel several times). The article—like much of Doughty’s work—got me thinking a lot about what I want to have… »Yesterday 5:40pm11/23/15 5:40pm


Tell Us About Your Most Bizarre Experience at a Funeral or Wake

Dearly beloved, we are gathered at this Pissing Contest today to share our stories of the strangest, funniest, and most fucked-up funerals that we’ve ever attended. (Thank you to Maxine Floeffler for the grim suggestion.) Please join me in bowing our heads for a moment of prayer and contemplation...of all the ways a… »8/28/15 7:30pm8/28/15 7:30pm

Funeral Strippers Are an Actual Thing in China

When we get caught up in the humdrum repetition of our day-to-days, it can be easy to forget how different the lives—or deaths—of people in other parts of the world are. In China, funerals appear to be far more interesting than the ones people attend in the U.S. because they have strippers. These exotic dancers—some… »4/23/15 11:15pm4/23/15 11:15pm

Dead Woman Posed at Wake in Rocking Chair and Wedding Dress

80-year-old Georgina Chervony Lloren hung out at her own wake in San Juan, Puerto Rico this Monday after passing away over the weekend from natural causes. She received mourners not from a casket, but from a rocking chair where she — dressed in her wedding dress — had been propped into a sitting position. »5/27/14 2:20pm5/27/14 2:20pm

Gay Rights Pioneer José Sarria Goes Out in Grand Style

Few people will admit this kind of morbidity in polite company, but it’s fun to fantasize about having a crazy, over-the-top, orangutans-as-pallbearers, Liza Minnelli-hired-to-wail-as-they-lower-your-coffin-into-the-earth-forever funeral (comedian Nick Swardson, for instance, discusses funeral antics with all the glee… »9/07/13 1:00pm9/07/13 1:00pm

Ask a Mortician: Is the Funeral Industry a Horrible Pyramid Scheme?

Did you know that about 15% of the American funeral industry is run by large corporations? "Death is a for-profit business," explains our favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty. Corporate structure sometimes means a funeral director will try to "upsell" products to grieving families. Caitlin's advice: "Know what… »8/29/13 5:10pm8/29/13 5:10pm