Sunday, February 18, 2007

Death & Dying

Some days ago a reader left this comment on one of our journal posts: "Your entry about the unique obligations of island residents called to jury duty sparked a question in my mind about how you folks deal with another everyday part of life -- death. I don't recall seeing any funeral homes on the island in my many visits there. I certainly don't mean to be insensitive, but what's the standard procedure on Ocracoke for dealing with this inevitable part of life?"

In reply I have devoted our February Newsletter to answering this question. You can read the newsletter here.


  1. Anonymous12:00 PM


    Thank you so much for your revealing, thoughtfully rendered article on death and dying on Ocracoke. Your entry offers rich insight not only into the unique circumstances and necessities of island life, but also into the history of Ocracoke.

  2. Anonymous12:29 PM

    As a person who enjoys wandering through old cemetaries, it is interesting to hear of the "old ways" that native islanders took care of their own. It seems that if those of us on the mainland took as much interest and responsibility in caring for our dead, there would be more feeling of the cycle of life and we would be able to let those who choose to die to do so with dignity and respect.