About Hour of Our Death

We all will die. We all will lose family and friends and often care for them as they’re dying. The Church tells us that death is not the end, but it can feel like the end. Here you will find personal stories from people who have gone through the same loss and pain as you.

About the Memento Mori Initiative

Catholic teaching understands our care for the dying and our treatment of the dead as great works of mercy, and our relation to the dead as an ongoing reality and a vehicle of God’s grace to them and to us and an irreplaceable source of cultural practices that sustain and humanize everyday life. However, Western societies increasingly seek to control, sanitize, and deny death, and individuals seek to avoid the pain of loss and their own mortality, while both deny any ongoing relation to the dead. Advising and supporting a diverse portfolio of ventures, the Memento Mori Initiative employs narrative, research, communal collaboration, and market influence to renew and develop Catholic religious and cultural practices in care for the dying and the dead in the Church today. For more information, visit www.chiaroscurofnd.org/death-and-dying/.

About the Chiaroscuro Foundation

The Chiaroscuro Foundation seeks to renew in our culture a deep awareness of the composite unity of our shared human nature. We believe the truth of our dynamic body-soul existence is threatened by neo-Gnostic impulses at play in our society, especially in contemporary understandings of the gift of human life, the nature of familial relationships, how we die and remember the dead, and our life in eternity. We believe that practice informs belief, and that the loss of transcendent practices has led to ancient errors regarding human dignity, meaning, and purpose. By changing practice, we hope to change belief. For more information, visit www.chiaroscurofnd.org.