The Adventures of Memento Mori (A Cynic’s Guide for Learning to Live by Remembering to Die), a podcast exploring the science, culture and mysticism of death, has released an episode about the heart-breaking decision to end the life of a four-legged family member. Surprisingly, host D.S. Moss, found little helpful advice about the topic even though the majority of pet owners will have to make the same decision themselves. Is home euthanasia legal? How do I know if those are really my pet’s ashes? What are other pet disposition options? Is it normal to be stricken with grief?

By talking with vets, therapists and others, the episode provides insight into “when is when?” and “how to properly prepare.”

The Adventures of Memento Mori (A Cynic’s Guide for Learning to Live by Remembering to Die is a podcast that serves those interested in mortality and coming to terms with death. Informative and entertaining, the podcast challenges listeners to accept that they will die. By doing so, the aim is to inspire people to live the best lives possible. In each 30-minute episode, host, D.S. Moss, goes on an adventure of  embracing his own mortality.  

The inaugural season of the podcast landed on The Atlantic’s Best 50 podcasts of 2017 at number 31. Beginning with the episode Plan on Dying and ending with Psychedelic Ego Death, each of the 14 episodes builds upon the last to create a semi-serial radio experience that informs, entertains and inspires.

In season 2, D.S. Moss uncovers how the fear of death influences everything we do; from art to religion to Trump to Instagram. The first half of the season digs into religion in Myths of Immortalityand grief in Making the Call. Interested in exploring why America has such an unhealthy relationship with  mortality, Moss spends the second half of the season on the road for episodes such as Meat Eater, Happiness Industrial Complex, and A Buddhist on Death Row.

About D.S. Moss

D.S. Moss is a cultural producer unwavering in his pursuit to relate unconventional stories. A natural explorer, he uses satire to examine the absurdity of the human condition. Moss maintains an interdisciplinary practice of conflating storytelling techniques. He has directed independent films, documentaries, music videos, and commercials (Nike and General Motors). His writing includes the existential play, Shoeless, or: The Advantages of Never Knowing Exactly Where You Are and Proper Ollie, the pioneering web series on British etiquette. He currently hosts a podcast that investigates death and morality entitled The Adventures of Memento Mori, or, (A Practical Guide for Remembering to Die), available now.

Mary Forman

Mary is an educator and a parent of three children. She is the author of 7 children's books, loves arts and crafts and teaches parenting classes at Washington Community College.

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