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Alternate Endings documentary

Alternate Endings: Documentary Explores New Ways to Die in America

HBO documentary showcases the non-traditional funerals people are choosing to celebrate the end of their lives.

The death positive movement has been growing for a while now, empowering people to embrace the end, take control, and eschew traditional funerals for a memorial that’s meaningful to them. An upcoming documentary from HBO called Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America will explore the options, from going up in flames in a viking funeral and green burials in wicker caskets to embedding cremains in glass art or blasting them into space.

“It’s my death,” one man says in the trailer, as he’s shown helping build his own coffin. “Don’t tell me what I have to do.”

Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America HBO documentary

Alternate Endings premieres August 14th on HBO.

Funeral Legos

6 Bricks Under: Vienna Cemetery Introduces Funeral LEGO Sets

Kids will have a blast assembling a LEGO crematorium, hearse, grave and more now available from the Vienna Funeral Museum.
Lego crematorium
Lego crematorium oven set available from the Vienna Funeral Museum

Build your own funeral piece by piece with these LEGO kits from Bestattungsmuseum, the Vienna Funeral Museum in Vienna’s Central Cemetery. The museum’s gift shop and online store recently unveiled custom Lego sets designed to help kids answer the big questions like “What happens to grandpa in a crematorium?”

“Taboos create fears and uncertainties,” the Vienna Psychotherapy Association said. “The child feels that something is wrong, and then he is left alone with that.”

So to teach kids about death, the museum partnered with a company to produce some gloriously morbid Legos.

“For the small and large undertaker of tomorrow,” the description from the Historical Hearse set reads.

Other sets currently available include a WWI-era funeral tram, Lego graveyard with tombstone and excavator, a fourgon used to transport the deceased, a crematorium oven with a casket and urn, a horse-drawn “corpse carriage,” a bereaved family with the skeleton of the deceased, and minifigures in mourning.

Lego bereaved family
Lego bereaved family minifigures with the deceased

Lego graveyard
Lego cemetery with casket, gravestone, and excavator for digging your own graves

Lego horse-drawn funeral carriage
Lego horse-drawn corpse carriage with coffin

Historic Vienna funeral tram
WWI-era Vienna funeral tram with 2 coffins and Lego undertaker

Lego hearse
Lego hearse

These morbid LEGO sets are available now right here.

Thanks to Dead Sled Brand for putting this on my radar.