The UK has one of the most developed palliative care services in the world, yet people still miss out.
It's time we changed our stereotype of the brutish, thuggish Neanderthals, and instead start viewing them with the respect they really deserve.
Half of all patients diagnosed with cancer in the UK still die of the disease.
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.
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?
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.
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.
There are some myths about dying that perhaps unexpectedly harm the dying person and deserve scrutiny.
Saints' relics, locks of hair, the laying of flowers: keeping the dead close took many forms in the past. We could learn from them today.
We use euphemisms about death and dying to soften the blow of the real words, or because we feel awkward being direct. But this can lead to misunderstanding and confusion.
Thankfully, defleshing bones has fallen out of fashion.
From the basics of corpse disposal to why your wishes don't actually count.
Palliative care should be a time of shared care; when the doctor continues treating their patient's disease while symptom control and preparation for death track alongside.
Research shows people who suffer from loss of meaning die earlier than those who maintain purpose. We can help people find meaning again by nurturing their "spirit".
If presented with a client who has death anxiety, we ask them to tell us what exactly they fear about death. Once we have this information, there are several approaches to treating fear of death.
Let's consider some of the oft-voiced concerns and whether they're justified.
Rock and roll is getting old. And with this ageing, we are increasingly seeing different types of death claiming our idols.
The UK's palliative care is excellent - but that hasn't prevented scandals like the Liverpool Care Pathway and Mid-staffs.
Most people in western societies die in hospital or in institutional care. Keeping death out of sight and out of mind means few people have real experience of death and dying.