Chace Beech is 2020 intern at the Los Angeles Times and a multimedia journalist. She is currently working on the COVID-19 obituary project, memorializing those who have died in California. Her work has been featured in Religion News Service, Bon Appetit, AL.com and the Huffington Post. She was a finalist in the regional Society of Professional Journalists award for television breaking news reporting. She is a graduate of Kenyon College and holds a master’s degree in journalism from USC’s Annenberg School.
Alua Arthur is a death doula, someone who helps people prepare for death, much as birth doulas help mothers prepare to give birth. She is Black, and the death of George Floyd hit hard for her and other Black death doulas, who saw in his death the antithesis of the “good death” they are trying to foster. She and five other women hosted a talk: “Sayin’ It Louder; A Conversation about a Good Death in a Racist Society.”