Funerals, as we know them, will regrettably but necessarily be another of our social rituals that must radically alter in the short-term.
Funeral homes, crematoria and morgues face many challenges in the months ahead as the coronavirus death toll rises.
In the eight weeks before the first person with COVID-19 died in the UK mortality rates had been mercifully low.
A first-century B.C. Roman poet and philosopher, Lucretius was worried that our fear of death could lead to irrational beliefs and actions that could harm society.
How we experience the moment of death may be influenced by a cocktail of brain chemicals and the manner in which our brains shut down.
Public figures, authors, artists and journalists have long written about their experience of dying. But why do they do it? And what do we gain?
How two ambitious men put their own interests ahead of the great writer and his family in an act of institutionally-sanctioned bodysnatching.
A social psychologist explains how you can be so deeply affected by the death of someone you've never met.
There's logic in burying carcasses as they can harbour nasty diseases, but they also help landscapes recover from fire.
Composting burial could revolutionise bodily disposal in Australia. The need for a sustainable and affordable alternative to traditional burial practices is becoming increasingly urgent.
A marathon round of amendments and parliamentary debate will likely see voluntary assisted dying implemented in WA in around 18 months. It's time to start preparing.
Casting James Dean in a new movie points to a bigger problem for us all: protecting the digital dead from the living.
The seriously ill and their families often want to protect each other from thoughts of death. Conversation about end-of-life choices are, however, essential to a good death.
Climate change is already worsening the chaos attendant on resource shortage – and, therefore, death rates.
Migrant communities believed having a physical resting place gave them a sense of settlement in Australia.
With space in our cemeteries running out, we could bury the dead in new forest developments that would bring green space to our urban areas.
Up to 10% of deceased people in big cities get no burial ceremony, in many cases because they requested it.
When asked to identify the most dangerous day of the year, we realised this research hadn’t been done.
Firearms are the second leading cause of death among US children and adolescents.
The processing time for the government's Funeral Expenses Payment is decreasing, but the costs related to a funeral are still high.