Adapted conference presentation I gave at the Rhetorical Society of America’s biannual conference. The presentation is an introduction to how natural burial challenges dominant cultural ideas: how it challenges what counts as “natural”, how it challenges ways we think about time, and how it challenges the idea that who gets memorialized is more important than what gets memorialized. It’s thick on scholarly terms but hopefully still accessible–I believe there is poetry inherent in dying well. May it serve as a means to reflect upon our culture’s values as revealed in “final” legacies.
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