We may think of _Harry Potter_ as escapist delight, but J.K. Rowling’s books also contain an extended theme that has more in common with _King Lear_ than most English professors might care to admit.
What happens to your Facebook account, your iTunes purchases and your email messages when you die?
Far from being lonely, some people prefer being left to die in peace.
Dostadning is the new pre-death decluttering trend, here's what you need to know.
Life expectancy has fallen for the second time in two years. That's not supposed to happen in a rich country like the US.
The ritual might seem strange, but a sociologist spent eight years studying it – and found that there really is a therapeutic benefit.
Under Jewish law the preservation of human life is a cardinal commandment: both suicide and self-endangerment are forbidden.
Excruciating pain at the end of life is extremely rare. The evidence shows pain and other symptoms, such as fatigue, insomnia and breathing issues, actually improve as people move closer to death.
A surprising case in Queensland, Australia is changing the way we think about what can be used an official document after your death.
At the moment there is too much left unsaid.
If no one claims the remains of cult leader and killer Charles Manson, it's unclear what will happen to his body. Will it find an anonymous California grave or face dissection in an anatomy lab?
The main arguments used by those who voted against assisted dying – including that the bill has insufficient safeguards – in Victoria's upper house, deserve further scrutiny.
Maybe it's time the government listened to the advice offered by its Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
Whether politicians refer to 'assisted dying', 'assisted suicide' or 'euthanasia' tells us a lot about how they feel about the issue, and the emotional response they aim to convey.
Australia has few public rituals around death, leaving people to figure out how to process grief alone. But Mexico's Day of the Dead, with its focus on art and community, could help us cope better.
A new study has found bodyweight exercises you can do at home are just as good as a gym workout.
The pain of grief is part of human existence. Daoist and Confucian philosophy can help find meaning in grief.
Although 'Game of Thrones' -style funeral pyres are still out of bounds, Americans are increasingly turning to cheaper, greener and more meaningful ways to dispose of their loved ones' bodies.
Stillbirth deeply and profoundly affects parents and families. Here are five actions in response to this hidden tragedy.
Teaching students to care for the dying requires specific skills that the student may not encounter in their ordinary clinical teaching.