Where do I start? Well, I would say since high school I have had two strong interests in the area of science: neuroscience and mortuary science. I finished high school and started college in 2006 with only a vague inkling of where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. Despite my interest in mortuary science, I elected to attend Amherst and pursue my interest in neuroscience– one of the best decisions I’ve made thus far in my 24 years here by the way. While in college, I sought out varied experiences in the healthcare profession and research but, after having finished my college education and having worked part-time in research, I found myself still drawn to mortuary science.
What is mortuary science? Mortuary science prepares a student for a career as a funeral director and/or a mortician. Contrary to popular belief, Mortuary Science is primarily a human service occupation. While funeral directors do work with the deceased, they spend the majority of their time guiding families through a difficult process, advising them on their options and dealing with the clinical details of death. A large part of a funeral director’s job is to bring order to an otherwise emotionally jarring experience and help families begin the difficult process of mourning.
So, you’re weird and decided to take two steps back. Why? I am perfectly normal. Whatever that means. And I do not see myself as having taken two steps backward. There were several instances–actually many, many instances–in my life that brought me where I am today. I’ll not detail them here, but I will say that these instances enabled me to see that I could get through periods of personal difficulty, that I could rely on myself, and most importantly that I could be there in a way that is often difficult for many people.
Within this blog, I hope to take an interdisciplinary approach to the subject of death and dying because I have diverse interests. And to this end, I hope to include topics generally related to sociology, history, science (anatomy, chemistry, biology), philosophy, psychology, archaeology and bio-anthropology among other things. I will try to share a number of perspectives/theories (when and where appropriate), but sometimes (due to lack of time, knowledge, etc.) I will miss something important. Therefore, I openly encourage you to contact me with resources and alternative viewpoints or other information; I will gladly write new posts to update old ones! So please, feel free to contact me and I will do my best to keep a balanced and informed blog.