Years after her parents’ untimely deaths, Warren Wilson professor Dr. Mallory McDuff began a journey to revise her own final wishes with climate and community in mind. Her new book “Our Last Best Act: Planning for the End of our Lives to Protect the People and Places We Love” is a Warren Wilson and Western North Carolina story about natural burial, conservation cemeteries, aquamation, end-of-life doulas, home funerals, human composting, and poignant conversations about death and dying.
Dr. McDuff recently spoke at a webinar hosted by Warren Wilson College. Watch the webinar here. She was joined by Cassie Barrett ’08, who works as a green cemetery operator at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, a conservation burial ground outside Asheville, NC.
Check out the recent news coverage of Dr. McDuff and “Our Last Best Act”:
Huffington Post: “I Spent A Year Researching the Best Option for Our Bodies After We Die. Here’s What I Found.”
The Washington Post:‘Green burials’ can change our relationship with death — and help the Earth
Newsweek: Whatever Happens in Glasgow, We Can Take Climate Action in Community
The Independent: Cremation and conventional burial are bad for the environment. So how do you have a green death?
Wired: How Body Farms and Human Composting Can Help Communities
Blue Ridge Public Radio: Green burials: How to combat climate change from the grave
WOUS Public Media: The changing business of death
Next Avenue: Why I Went On a One-Year Journey to Revise My Final Wishes
AVL Today: Green burial in Asheville, NC
Episcopal News Service: Episcopalians explore, embrace green burial as a final act to care for creation
Sojourners: My family’s Lenten practices prepared us for green burial
Mountain Xpress: Warren Wilson professor’s new book explores eco-conscious death
Black Mountain News: Warren Wilson professor discusses new book on end-of-life choices and climate change
Knoxville News Sentinel: Author advocates for planet-friendly final arrangements
WUOT 91.9 FM Knoxville: Mallory McDuff and the Importance of Conversations About Death
Episcopal Dioceses of East Tennessee: Our Last Best Act Interview with Mallory McDuff
The Cottage blog with Diana Butler Bass: The Season of Decay, can we plan for death and help save the world?
Order the book here: https://bit.ly/3zvQASz