Hey there tigers and tigresses! So good to have you all back. In my last show, I had a wonderful time talking with Kat the Wiccan Mortician, who dropped out of mortuary school to pursue her advocacy for a more sensitive way to care for the dead and dying. We pick it back up with Kat now in Part Two of that interview, starting with a discussion about slow medicine, which is the latest trend in taking back control from the medical machine, her vision for a natural burial ground in Alaska, death doulas, human compositing, and a whole bunch of other interesting things you can only talk about with a lovely and intelligent Wiccan Mortician. You won’t be bored! That I assure you. So please join me for Part Two of my two part interview with Kat the Wiccan Mortician.
In this episode you will learn about:
- More about how the Wiccan religion shaped Kat’s views on death, dying and the afterlife
- Nurse Ratched, a fictional character from Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and a film of the same name starring a young Jack Nicholson. The book is one of America’s most highly challenged and banned novels. Nurse Ratched is often used as a metaphor for the corrupting influence of power and authority in bureaucracies.
- The slow medicine movement, which explores shared, nonrushed medical decision-making, palliative care, and comfort-giving treatment, especially near the end of life.
- The Promessa system, which transforms human remains into clean, green compost
- Kat’s plans for a natural burial ground in Alaska…the last frontier
- The Funeral Consumer’s Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral
- The Green Burial Council
- Death Doulas
- Hunter S. Thompson, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”