Lily Dale Assembly, a Spiritualist community in Western New York, is home to the oldest known cemetery devoted to companion animals in the United States. It sits in the beautiful Leolyn Woods, an old-growth forest, at the back of the Assembly grounds. Spiritualists believe that mediums can communicate with people who’ve passed on to the afterlife. Just as people remember the friends and family they’ve loved, many also seek a way to memorialize animal companions who have given them so much comfort and joy in life. The pet cemetery serves as the final resting place for the pets of many Lily Dale residents, as well as memorializing other animals that have passed on to spirit. Continue reading
“The Fox Sisters” is an animated short film created in 2010 by Stine Nymand Svensson and Elianna Morningstar Hansen as part of The Animation Workshop. The video is based on a concept by Laura Büchert Schjødt and is loosely based on the story of the Hydesville Fox sisters who gave birth to the Spiritualist movement in the United States. The film portrays older sister Leah abandoning younger sisters Katie and Maggie, then constructs an account of their childhood showing the siblings falling into questionable professional and family customs. This short film is beautifully animated. The colors and imagery of “The Fox Sisters” reflect the darkness of the fictionalized characters’ experience.