I attended two events this weekend that were part of an ongoing art exhibit that has death as it's focus. The entire event lasts until November, with performances happening in the next few weeks as well. I will wait until the event is complete to write a full post on it but I do feel like mentioning early that the panel on death & urban renewal I attended yesterday really highlighted the problem of being white and lacking a real engagement with death & loss in any way other than to pose questions as to why we are living in denial or why we do not have satisfying rituals at death. No discussion on how privileged this perspective is, how whiteness contributed to the death of ritual by rejecting spirituality or religion or other grieving mechanisms. Also, no discussions of cemeteries as public spaces, which really surprised be given the urban planning focus of the talk.
Speaking of cemeteries, I plan to present to city council in two weeks on opening up space in the city cemeteries for green burial plots. The main reason they should do this is to stay relevant to the community in a way that hasn't been done before, by being forward-thinking in death care. The city has good alternative death care but lacks in green burial space. Making this available within the city limits would be very in line with the other environmentally-minded initiatives the city has adopted.