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CLASSIC ARTICLE: Washing Kathryn, Touching Death

CLASSIC ARTICLE: Washing Kathryn, Touching Death

By The Order of the Good Death

No matter how long you’ve been working with dead bodies, nothing can prepare you for working on someone you knew and loved. 


Episode Resources

This episode is an audio version of the article “Washing Kathryn, Touching Death” by Nora Menkin for The Order of the Good Death. 

Helping to care for someone’s body in death can be a profound experience. Visit The Order website to learn more about your rights and options. 

Have questions about becoming a mortician, or wondering if a career in death is right for you? Explore the answers in The Order’s Working in Death resources. 

Funerals and the role of funeral directors is changing. Hear from five different directors about their work and how they envision the future of death care in our article Meet the Morticians


Episode Credits:

Written by Nora Menkin

Narrated by Caitlin Doughty 

Produced by the Order of the Good Death,

Sarah Chavez and Lauren Ronaghan

Edited by Alex de Freitas

Music by Kissed Her Little Sister

Podcast artwork by Jessica Peng


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