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Written by Wake Forest School of Law


Leading voices in the “death care” reform movement have published in the Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy the first-ever comprehensive look at the challenges facing the funeral industry, editors announced on Feb. 28, 2018.


“We are in the midst of a death care revolution, and most people don’t even know it,” says Wake Forest University School of Law Professor Tanya Marsh, who organized the “Disrupting the Death Care Paradigm: Challenges to the Regulation of the Funeral Industry and the American Way of Death” symposium. “This Journal issue is a must-have for anyone who wants to understand the challenges facing the funeral industry today. I hope that it will spark long-overdue discussions between policymakers, industry leaders and reformers.”


The symposium was held at Wake Forest School of Law on Feb. 24, 2017. Caitlin Doughty (http://caitlindoughty.com/), a funeral director, leader of the “death positive” movement and the author of two New York Times best-selling books, gave the keynote address.


“The symposium was the ideal gathering of like-minds from around the country,” Doughty says. “Geeking out over the economic impact of death laws is perhaps not for everyone, but it should be! Most people have no idea the way these laws affect their experience of death. Increasingly, our cookie-cutter American death culture doesn’t reflect our emotional needs and desires, and we deserve to know why. The work of the symposium is how we’re going to move forward to change death in America.”


Read the rest of the press release here.