"Deep hospitality" baked into grief cakes

Pastry chef Monica O'Connell probes Black mourning practices

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By Robin Caldwell

As if her plate was not full enough, certified death doula, creative scholar, and pastry chef Monica O’Connell is about to become a credentialed grief counselor.


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