Why Funeral Food?
Since earliest childhood, I've often been accused of being “morbid” because of the fascination I have with funerary customs and with the transition from life through death as a whole. In our death-denying culture, even talking about the topic seems to be verboten, as it's considered a depressing subject that most people would prefer not to even think about, let alone discuss.
This is a fairly new mindset, as up until the mid 20th century, most people had a far closer relationship with death: family members often died at home, and as such were cared for by relatives until they passed.
I believe that having a healthy relationship with mortality is important, as it's something that each and every one of us will have to face eventually. To quote from the mission statement put forth by The Order of the Good Death: “death itself is natural, but the death anxiety of modern culture is not”. Dealing with related subjects in a candid way alleviates a great deal of the terror that many have regarding the end of life, whether it's their own deaths, or the fear of losing their loved ones.
At the moment, I live in a little village in rural Quebec, where I run a graphic design studio with my husband. I'll always be immersed in art and design, but eventually I would like to train as a Thanadoula/death midwife: it's important to me that those who are preparing for the end of this journey are tended to with proper dignity and care, and that the support given to them is extended to those who will mourn their loss once they're gone.
Since I won't be able to work in that field for a little while yet, I started this blog in an attempt to encourage and enable others to take an active role in the ceremonies and rituals surrounding death in a way that's accessible to and appreciated by all: food.
It's my hope that these recipes can be shared with one another during times of mourning and joy alike, and that if they're prepared for those who are hurting, that they may bring some solace and true nourishment.
Blessings to you.