The dying person may face an inner struggle. They may want to be involved in activities but may not have the physical and emotional capacity to deal with the heightened stress and stimulation.
The scientific explanations might not be definitive, but your brain is largely responsible.
Rituals, such as keeping vigil, can help people when a loved one is near the end of their life.
There is a gap in most people's knowledge – experiential poverty – about how to deal with death.
Research shows therapeutic psilocybin to be a safe and effective antidote to end-of-life anxiety and depression. Does prohibition therefore violate our right to "life, liberty and security?"
You've more than likely heard of birth doulas. But nowadays, death doulas are providing support at the end of life. How they fit into existing structures of care remains to be understood.
People who are more open-minded seem to be less bothered about closure.
Some people can will themselves to death. Here are the five stages.
It's important to make genuine room for children in discussions about death, ritual planning and meaning-making.
With fall almost upon us, there's a lot we can learn from the changing season.
Little thought has been accorded to the way in which political and bureaucratic actors prioritise certain lives over others in their (non) decision-making.
More than 16 million people lost their lives in world war one. Over a century later, we are still asking – for what?
Several companies are trying to develop life extension methods that could enable some people to live far longer. There are some ethical dilemmas.
An analysis of obituaries for Islamic State and Australian soldiers shows some alarming similarities, not the least of which is the idea that their deaths should be given meaning by further conflict.
The story highlights complex barriers to support after a sudden death or suicide.
In remote Northern Territory, most Aboriginal people have been buried in unmarked graves. Archaelogists are carrying out painstaking detective work to help communities find their loved ones' remains.
Why it's okay to use social media to mourn.
Everyone dies, so why are so many people still afraid to talk about it?
Different cultural groups respond with numerous, often conflicting, answers to questions about life after death. An expert explains the Christian idea of heaven.
Excavations on the site of Rome's greatest natural disaster can tell us a lot about attitudes to death.