I was a graduate student when I first came across The Undertaking, a collection of essays by Thomas Lynch. In his book Lynch talked about his work as an Undertaker, and also reflected on what it meant to be alive, and to care for the dead. It’s a book that still moves me to this day, and something I re-read once a year.
I began Dead Advice with the idea that people could submit letters to the rest of the world. Contributors are asked to imagine they have died, and that they have a chance to address those they’ve left behind.