Mortality, and all that

I've been a humanist funeral celebrant for over 20 years. Some might say that I have an unhealthy interest in the subject. I disagree. It comes to us all - get over it. I write a death blog at www.deadinteresting.blogspot.co.uk.
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Skull coffee grinder

Coffee Anyone? For some, there's nothing like drinking a fresh cup of coffee to wake up in the morning. Although I wish this skull-shaped coffee grinder was real, it's actually an awesome photo manipulation created by digital artist AZRainman.

Human skull (Tibet).

Human skull (Tibet) --a great example of post mortem (of course) skull decoration

Jacques de Gheyn the Elder: Vanitas Still Life (1974.1) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Jacques de Gheyn II (Netherlandish, Vanitas Still Life, Oil on wood, 32 x 21 in. x 54 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

One among the skeletons unearthed from the catacombs of Rome - all dressed up and nowhere to go.

Unbelievable Skeletons Unearthed From The Catacombs Of Rome Back in 1578 came the fascinating discovery of a network of labyrinthine tombs, lurking deep beneath the street of Rome. The tombs were home to the decayed skeletons of early Christian martyrs.

19th century mourning fashion.

The Met’s New Exhibit, ‘Death Becomes Her,’ Will Thrill Your Inner Goth

The exhibition Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, on view through February explores the aesthetic development and cultural implications of mourning fashions of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Ganesh Skull. Beautiful rendering of the Hindu god on animal skull. Artist unknown.

the sheer carving detail!: The carving on this water buffalo skull in Ubud, Bali, portrays the Hindu God of Knowledge and Good-Beginings -- Ganesha

Dissected man showing the viewer his back. Cropped, from Giulio Casserio, Tabulae Anatomicae (Venice, 1627). Copperplate engraving. Artist: Odoardo Fialetti.

Tabulae Anatomicae - Venice, Copperplate engraving, National Library of Medicine, Giulio Casserio (anatomist), Odoardo Fialetti (artist).

Image of the Week: Wiring of the human brain.

CommonHealth Year Of The Brain, From Depression To Dyslexia. A map of nerve fibers in the human brain (. (Courtesy of Zeynep Saygin/Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

William Cheselden, engraving showing the diseased part of a human skull. From "Osteographia, or the anatomy of the bones" (1733)

Engraving showing the diseased part of a skull From: Osteographia, or the anatomy of the bones By: William Cheselden Published: [W. for the author], London 1733 Wellcome Library, London

"Natural" burial: The reason some people select the option is less environmental impact. No toxic embalming chemicals, no vault, no maintenance with riding mowers. Just a body, in a biodegradable container or shroud, in the ground.

Natural burials draw new interest

"Natural" burial: The reason some people select the option is less environmental impact. No toxic embalming chemicals, no vault, no maintenance with riding mowers. Just a body, in a biodegradable container or shroud, in the ground.

The Mourners - Retronaut

Mourner from the tomb of John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy -

Freaky Photos From Inside Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum.  As an art student I had a bit of a thing about boiling sheep's heads and pickling dead things in jars of formaldehyde, which was rather smelly - my poor flatmate! I was thrilled when our anatomy lecturer, a retired surgeon, took us to the Hunter Museum in London, which was full of things in jars.

56 Freaky Photos From Inside Brooklyn's Morbid Anatomy Museum: Gothamist

Eleanor Crook, a sculptor specialising in wax anatomical and surgical models, demonstrates a few of the techniques employed when making a wax model. In this video she is making a model for the Gordon Museum showing the symptoms and complications of AIDS.

Eleanor Crook, a sculptor specialising in wax anatomical and surgical models, demonstrates a few of the techniques employed when making a wax model. In this video she is making a model for the Gordon Museum showing the symptoms and complications of AIDS.

Cabinet of Death (photograph by Oskar Proctor)

Junkculture: The World's Strangest Museum: A Look Inside Viktor Wynd's Mind-Bending Cabinet of Curiosities

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