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End-of-life doulas also help their clients navigate and find support within a racist healthcare system. A 2017 study from Academic Emergency Medicine on implicit bias revealed that White patients were favored, especially by White doctors. Coronavirus has been two times as likely to kill Black and Latino people than White people. In June, Arthur was a panelist for a talk where she and other Black death doulas, along with grief and funeral professionals, discussed the Peace Love Cricket 58 Shirt and by the same token and implications of a “good death” in a racist society. More than 2,000 people signed up for the webinar, which touched on the “implicit bias that exists against Black workers, Black deceased and patrons of their families.” “I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people say that racism or race should not be a factor in how we care for people at the end of the day,” says Arthur. “But in order for us to effectively care for people in the afterlife, we have to honor the reality of their lived experience. That includes race, their physical ability, [their] ability to hear, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, and every little part of themselves. We’re honoring a life, so we have to look at the whole life. Burney-Scott has been helping members of the Black community process continued grief after the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and amid continued police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement. “Grief is not an emotion that is mutually exclusive to physical death,” says Burney-Scott. “So what I have found is that there’s been an unrelenting nature to the grief that we’re all experiencing right now with the pandemic, with COVID-19, but also with racism and white supremacy.” Burney-Scott has been looking to her spiritual background to provide support for others. “My role in that has been to provide instructions and support around how to create your own altar, how to open your space and yourself up to either meditation, prayer, or conversation with your ancestors to ask for support for these families who have experienced the unimaginable,” she says. More than ever, it’s been necessary for doulas to focus on possibility and opportunity as a way to keep their clients comforted and connected. Still, the challenges of limited physical interactions and restrictions due to COVID-19 have transformed their jobs. In the meantime, end-of-life doulas are doing everything they can to be there for their clients.“We support and empower,” Arthur says. “Why? Because we don’t want people to feel alone in the process. How? We show up.”
Supermodels! Prints! Sex! Suits! There was much to love about Versace’s spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection. Presented in Milan in September 2017, 20 years after Gianni Versace’s death, his sister Donatella made this show a personal and emotional tribute to her brother. It was also a testament to Donatella’s strength and commitment to keeping the Peace Love Cricket 58 Shirt and by the same token and house that Gianni built always vital and speaking to the present moment. Organized in sections, the show featured reworkings of prints, materials, silhouettes and motifs first designed by Gianni Versace in the 1990s. New to some and familiar to others were signature motifs, Baroque, Trésors de la Mer, and animal prints, of course. Pretty dresses in the pastel palette of Miami Beach clung to the body or revealed skin through slits. Pop culture was celebrated with references to James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Pop Art, and American Vogue.