Help Me Bring Them Back From The Dead

What started as googling, quickly became a visit to California and resulted in a rather sad discovery. In Hollywood, there are so many graves of long-forgotten or barely remembered stars that once shined brightly on the silver screen. This is not how these women should be remembered. Their stories should be told. Remembering them for who they were and what they accomplished. This is why Minda Powers-Douglas is writing “Forever Silent” and she needs your help. But first, let’s meet the beautiful Marie Prevost and learn why she has become such an important part of Minda’s life.

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Rest In Pieces

To celebrate the paperback release of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses, author Bess Lovejoy is giving away a signed copy of her book. Rest in Pieces catalogs stories from the age of antiquity to today, tracing the evolution of cultural attitudes toward death and connecting the lives of the famous deceased to the hilarious and horrifying adventures of their corpses. For Death & the Maiden, Bess shares the story of Eva Perón.  As eventful as the First Lady of Argentina’s life, Evita would go on to make further public appearances, travel and continue to cause a political stir before her body was finally laid to rest.

 

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Beauty Secrets of The Martyrs

Historian, Verity Holloway’s first novella Beauty Secrets of The Martyrs is about magic, makeup, crypts, and clownfish. But mostly, it’s about our obsession with keeping the dead around. Here Verity shares how this book began as a few notes and takes us back to her first encounter with the incorrupt body of Saint Spyridon in Corfu. Verity explains by arranging our holy dead gorgeously, draping them with costly decorations, or simply bringing them out and enjoying a feast in their presence, we are create a feedback loop of hope and joy. If we love the dead, they may love us in return.

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Tears Become Ideas

In some places, the ability to sing or recite ritual laments became part of a feminine portfolio of skills, along with cooking, spinning, mending and cleaning. Here, author Sarah Murray shares an adaptation from her wonderful book Making an Exit: From the Magnificent to the Macabre, How We Dignify the Dead to give us insight into this mourning practice.

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Women in the Mourning

Kate Mayfield is the author of the memoir, The Undertaker’s Daughter. Here she takes us back to a time when women were not prominent figures in the funeral industry. Sharing the stories of women who played important roles ‘behind the scenes’ at her father’s funeral home, Kate’s childhood home.

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