FAQs

WHERE IS KALMA BASED?

 

Washington State

WHAT IS “DEATH POSITIVITY”?

Death positivity is the idea that death is a natural part of life and that it shouldn’t be shameful or stigmatized to work with, be curious about, or engage with ideas around mortality.

These are the Tenets of the Death Positive Movement:

1- I believe that by hiding death and dying behind closed doors we do more harm than good to our society. 
2 - I believe that the culture of silence around death should be broken through discussion, gatherings, art, innovation, and scholarship. 
3 - I believe that talking about and engaging with my inevitable death is not morbid, but displays a natural curiosity about the human condition. 
4 - I believe that the dead body is not dangerous, and that everyone should be empowered (should they wish to be) to be involved in care for their own dead. 
5 - I believe that the laws that govern death, dying and end-of-life care should ensure that a person’s wishes are honored, regardless of sexual, gender, racial or religious identity. 
6 - I believe that my death should be handled in a way that does not do great harm to the environment. 
7 - I believe that my family and friends should know my end-of-life wishes, and that I should have the necessary paperwork to back-up those wishes. 
8 - I believe that my open, honest advocacy around death can make a difference, and can change culture.

 

For more info, please check out The Order of the Good Death.

WILL YOU MAKE/SELL ENAMEL PINS?

Currently no, but in the future - possibly! Most manufacturers of enamel pins outsource manufacturing to facilities in China that make it hard to know if people are working in ethical conditions. There is one company that does manufacture inside the United States, but their order minimums are not a good fit for KALMA right now. We’d love to offer pins, but it’s important that we do so in a way that is aligned with the values and standards you know KALMA for.

CAN I GET THE “IT’S OKAY TO DECAY” DESIGN TATTOOED ON ME?

We’re so glad that this design resonates with so many people. If you’d like to get the design tattooed, we encourage you to have it customized by your tattoo artist. If you’d like to support the artist, AJ Hawkins, for her work, you can donate HERE.