How do animals think and feel?
Patrick aka Herjolf
A growing body of evidence points to how animals are aware of death, can experience grief and will sometimes mourn for or ritualize their dead.
Richard Thompson, the author’s best friend.
Academic research brings people close together as they collaborate on shared goals and projects that often last decades. Saying goodbye to a collaborator can be as hard as saying goodbye to family.
It's hard to know where to start. But using the right language can help.
Social media has become a powerful platform to cope with grief.
Why it's okay to use social media to mourn.
Knowing what to say to someone who has lost a loved one by suicide can help survivors.
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Survivors of those who have died by suicide have special needs that many people do not quite understand. An expert in grief offers ways to be a helpful, healing presence and avoid saying things that will hurt.
Most people will experience feelings of deep loss and distress after a long-term relationship breakup.
The only way to get through a breakup is to experience your emotions, but not brood on them.
Six memorial candles are lit during a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Sharkey Theater on board Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James E. Foehl
Remembrance days and memorials provide people the opportunity to share stories with a community. An expert explains how that can make a difference.
A forensic photograph featured in the film Unnatural Deaths.
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Bereaved families strive to comprehend that there is nothing they could have done to prevent the death of their loved one. Viewing the crime-and-accident scene images can offer a path to healing.
A toy truck left at a tombstone in a Montreal cemetery.
The ritual might seem strange, but a sociologist spent eight years studying it – and found that there really is a therapeutic benefit.
Surviving friends and family of a person who dies often go through deep grief.
When a patient dies, grieving family and friends too often languish in neglect.
Day of the dead at a Mexican cemetery.
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Many in the Western world lack the explicit mourning rituals that help people deal with loss. On Day of the Dead, two scholars describe ancient mourning practices.
Day of the Dead Oaxaca, Mexico.
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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.
Confucius sculpture, Nanjing, China.
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The pain of grief is part of human existence. Daoist and Confucian philosophy can help find meaning in grief.
Millions of women around the world are estimated to be living with depressive symptoms after stillbirth.
Stillbirth deeply and profoundly affects parents and families. Here are five actions in response to this hidden tragedy.
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In August 1997, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales was followed by a huge outpouring of grief. Here's why.
In Western society, endless reiteration of grief in speech is not generally acceptable. Songs can allow this to happen.
From spontaneous mass singing after a terror attack to Irish laments, music reflects the painful, complex and laborious task of mourning.
Making death masks of notorious criminals was common in the 19th century, such as this cast of murderer William Burke at the University of Edinburgh’s Anatomy Museum.
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.
Ariana Grande performs at the One Love Manchester concert.
Mechanisms such as rhythm, shared emotions and the memory of specific events make music a powerful tool for connecting with other people.
Dogs are a big part of their owners’ routines – which makes their loss even more jarring.
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Many are embarrassed to publicly show too much grief over the death of a dog. But research has shown just how devastating the loss can be.
Accepting grief is important for moving toward hope.
After Donald Trump's victory, a scholar says the biblical prophets can help show us the way forward: Just as there is no peace without justice, there is no healing without grief.