Walking Each Other Home: Cultural Practices at End of Life

Opening September 10, 2022

Logan Boyd connects with his grandfather, Carlon “Bud” Dreier, near the end of Bud’s life. Kathleen Dreier Photography
Logan Boyd connects with his grandfather, Carlon “Bud” Dreier, near the end of Bud’s life. Kathleen Dreier Photography.

Opening September 10, 2022

At once solo and communal, death, dying, mourning, and honoring are part of the circle of life. What makes this universal experience unique are the cultural practices, values, and beliefs that communities and families hold. These include practices, traditions, adages, and rituals that address end-of-life planning and preparation, loss, grief, and how we memorialize those who have passed on. Looking closely at them can help us understand both ourselves and one another, and bring dignity to an event we will all, at some point, experience. This exhibit is developed and presented in partnership with Southwest Folklife Alliance.