As we look and try to learn more about (and how to battle) racism in our society, we realize that racism and anti-black racism permeate all aspects of life. And of death. When we talk about the importance of “a good death” we must also acknowledge that this is a privilege denied to many people of color.
Going With Grace was started by Alua Arthur who is a death doula, attorney, adjunct professor and ordained minister. Alua works to address the issue of racism and grief from the perspective of the Black community. She and other Black funeral and death care professionals recently held an online conversation about these issues, including identifying the main barriers existing between Non-Black professionals and Black families. More than ever, we look to the importance of community in death care. We are honoured to share that conversation with you here. Alua’s message is simple:
“It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes a village to support through a death. Let’s become the pillars of that village.”
The When You Die staff is committed to bringing death back into our everyday conversations as an integral part of our human journey.