• The Adventures of Momento Mori

    Adventures of Momento Mori

    Meg, here. There’re some new death kids on the block, and they aaiight. The Adventures of Momento Mori launched about a month ago at the…

  • Day 24: How Praying Really Hard and Grave Sucking Might Help Raise the Dead

    Deadraiser
    Directed by Johnny Clark (October 04, 2013)

     

    Evangelical Christians want access to more corpses … to hone their ‘raising the dead’ skills

    Barry Duke, The Freethinker (March 10, 2014)

     

    The people who believe in medical miracles
    BBC News Magazine (March 10, 2014)

     

    What is Grave Sucking?
    Michael Boehm, Youth Apologetics Training (February 12, 2014)
    Helping teens understand and defend Christianity. Helping parents train up their young in the faith.

    Last February and March I started collecting information on Evangelical Christian groups that believe in the power of prayer to resurrect the dead. It’s not an entirely new idea for Christianity (e.g. Jesus) but its supporters have ebbed and flowed over the centuries.

    One of the new groups that’s involved is called the Dead Raising Team.

    Filmmaker Johnny Clark made a documentary about the Dead Raising Team and you can watch the doc’s trailer at the top of the page.

    Slightly before I came across the Dead Raising Team, I encountered a somewhat connected but different practice called Grave Sucking. Michael Boehm, writing for the pro-Christian Youth Apologetics blog, explains that:

    Grave sucking or mantle grabbing is the belief and practice of pulling the supposed Holy Spirit powers from the dead bones of a previously empowered believer.

    Not much else to say, really.

    It’s worth noting, I think, that Boehm doesn’t support Grave Sucking and thinks that it’s, um, impractical.

    Then again, ‘miracles’ do happen. Just last February a man was declared dead in Mississippi only to wake up inside a body bag. This could also be a case of a less-than-rigorous end of life medical exam.

    Deadraiser Directed by Johnny Clark (October 04, 2013)   Evangelical Christians want access to more corpses … to hone their ‘raising the dead’ skills Barry…

  • Gravity is a Movie about a Dead Child

    Gravity (2013) IMBD (December 22, 2013)   Do not read this Death Ref post if you have not seen the film Gravity and would rather…

  • Six-Degrees of Kevin Bacon Flatlining. Poor sad Billy Mahoney

    ‘Erasing Death’ Explores the Science Of Resuscitation
    Fresh Air with Terry Gross (February 20, 2013)

    Terry Gross, of Fresh Air and National Public Radio fame, interviewed Dr. Sam Parnia regarding his new book on human death experiences. It’s one of the most interesting near death/after death discussions that I have heard in a long time. It’s a fascinating topic, laden with metaphysics and theology, but Parnia’s research approach seems to use science, medicine, philosophy, and religion.

    Anyone in Generation X, such as myself, Parnia’s work will automatically conjure images of an after death Kevin Bacon in the 1990 classic Flatliners.

    Poor sad Billy Mahoney.

    ‘Erasing Death’ Explores the Science Of Resuscitation Fresh Air with Terry Gross (February 20, 2013) Terry Gross, of Fresh Air and National Public Radio fame,…

  • Cryopreserve Me into the FUTURE!

    In Pictures: Frozen in Time Photographer Murray Ballard catalogues the world of cryonics, which involves freezing a dead person’s body in liquid nitrogen until technology…

  • Jewish Burial Gets Back to the Roots

    Reviving a Ritual of Tending to the Dead Paul Vitello, The New York Times (December 13, 2010) A new generation of Jewish volunteers is learning…

  • Head of the Household

    There was an interesting article in last Sunday’s NY Times Magazine about cryonics; or more to the point, cryonocists and the people who love them….

  • Deathly Art at DIA

    Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, has joined the ever-growing population of deathly artworks at the Denver International Airport (DIA). Denver’s local ABC affiliate,…

  • Fire, Beauty and Death in Bali

    What does a cremation sound like? Most of us in the Western world would be hard-pressed to answer that question. Cremation is something that takes…

  • The Sisters Fox

    Episode 27: The Sisters Fox Nate DiMeo, The Memory Palace (March 12, 2010) In his latest podcast at The Memory Palace, Nate DiMeo tells the…

  • Mr. Freeze

    The January 25 issue of the New Yorker features an amusing article about cryopreservation of bodies, a.k.a. cryogenics or cryonics. The article doesn’t so much…

  • Open Air Cremations UK Style

    Funeral Pyres judgment Reserved BBC News (January 18, 2010) Hindu Fights for Open-Air Cremation Metro (January 18, 2010) Last week, a really interesting and potentially…