NYT: Putting the Fun in Funeral

When Times reporters take on social phenomena, it’s often instructive to imagine what headline The Onion would put on the story. For an article I wrote this weekend about the positive death movement, a loose effort to bring more open discussion about death, I did not have to imagine. The Onion had already written it: “World Death Rate Holding Steady At 100 Percent.”

As they say in law, caveat reporter.

But the truth is, I welcomed the chance to meet people who were interested in death and dying. I’ve spent much of the last three years writing about people near the end of life, and about how learning from them to embrace my mortality had made my life better.


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