This project was generously supported by a Carnegie Whitney Grant from the American Library Association. For questions about the project or the resources presented, contact Chapel Cowden at Chapel-Cowden@utc.edu. Thanks to graduate student, Akera Williams, for her essential work on the project.
While death and dying are experiences common to all, dominant American culture tends to avert its gaze, often waiting until the end to seek out information that contextualizes or comforts. Death then materializes, not as a natural end to a journey, but as an unknown and terrifying stranger. Thework in this collection strives to normalize inquiry into death and dying and invites seekers to examine their personal beliefs and socially constructed ideologies on death and what it means to die and, in the process, what it means to live.