Tending the dead


How has death care evolved from antiquity to modern times? What factors played a role in the industrialization of the care of corpses? How can we bring our best practices of compassion to the work of tending the dead?

Join Institute founder and director, Amy Wright Glenn, for a 4-week study focusing on “Corpse Care” and featuring an interview with co-author Rev. Cody J. Sanders, PhD.

Institute members pay $125 ~ receiving 50% off of this course. Simply enter the Institute Member code upon checkout. Become a lifelong member of the Institute today.


How do you care for a corpse?

How do we bring the best of holding space practices
to the work of tending the dead?

Thursdays April 6, 13, 20, & 27
7-9pm EST


In December 2022, Institute founder Amy Wright Glenn supported the beloved friendship and family community that surrounded her sister Anna May Wright in crafting and caring for Anna’s body after her unexpected death at the age of 40. Part of this process involved taking an active role in the crematorium and participating with death workers in supporting, honoring, and saying goodbye to Anna’s body in a way that offered great care to her memory.

This event ~ featured in the December 2022 Institute webinar ~ continues to inspire Institute members and friends to reimagine what can be with regard to how we care for our dead. This event is one of a multitude of cultural-shifting practices that embody the best of what it means to hold space for life ~ and death.

Join Amy Wright Glenn for a 12-hour study based upon the newly published text Corpse Care ~ Ethics for Tending the Dead

Course topics include:

*Historical overview of corpse care beginning in Antiquity

*The industrialization of tending to the dead

* Reimagined and renewed practices of corpse care

*The role of death doulas

“Seeing the corpse as a part of the web of life can help end our destructive assault on that web.”
~ Billy Campbell, cofounder and codirector of Ramsey Creek Preserve


The Co-author of Corpse Care ~ Rev. Cody, J. Sanders, PhD ~ will be featured in our April Institute webinar!


The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D., is pastor to Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Harvard Square; the American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University; and Advisor for LGBTQ+ Affairs in the Office of Religious, Spiritual, and Ethical Life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Affiliated Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology & Chaplaincy Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary.