Organized by Ari Simon-ofsky
The act of dying is the most certain experience had by all living beings. But publicly contemplating death and planning around death remain a generally-held social taboo. And while large cultural shifts towards inclusivity, intersectionality, and deeper interrogation are becoming more adopted in the mainstream, end-of-life practices and death rituals are still predominantly dictated by the values of powerful institutions such as major religious organizations, privatized medical facilities, and government agencies. As a deeply personal, deeply communal, deeply mystical experience, death deserves to be queered.
Goals are to cultivate ideas for making death ritual more meaningful, equitable, and sustainable, explore the intersection of end-of-life and privilege, and come into closer relationship to end-of-life practices (and therefore life itself). Through convenings and research, one desirable outcome is to craft an accessible, replicable workshop to premiere at Reimagine NYC in June 2020.