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 2:20pm 5/27/14 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 1:00pm 9/07/13 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 5:10pm 8/29/13 5:10pm

Personhood Funerals: Because If Life Begins at Conception, Every Tampon…

The GOP has just agreed that for the next four years, all of the human grown-ups who identify with the party will promote a constitutional amendment that defines life as something that starts at the moment of conception — this means that from the very second an ovum becomes a zygote, that reproductive cell is a full… » 8/23/12 12:40pm 8/23/12 12:40pm

Our Favorite Mortician Reveals What Happens to Corpses in Space

This week, our pal Caitlin gets some help from Mary Roach, author of Stiff, as she talks about space burials. We also learn the best way to cremate someone who is obese, and whether or not it's cool to ask a funeral director for a lock of hair from a deceased loved one. Pour yourself a cup of tea and get comfortable:… » 1/17/12 6:10pm 1/17/12 6:10pm