For centuries, in Western societies, 'euthanasia' referred to a pious death, blessed by God. The pain that could accompany dying was seen as ultimately redemptive.
There are some myths about dying that perhaps unexpectedly harm the dying person and deserve scrutiny.
Millions of people are affected by death and dying – but politicians don't want to talk about it.
Nobody questions a child's right to be cared for. Why don't the elderly enjoy the same expectation?
We've come a long way since the dark days of grave robbing to provide bodies for dissection. Now, there are ceremonies and memorials to honour people who have donated their body to science.
It is possible to turn a fear of death into a motivational tool.
To succumb to conspiracy is to be human.
For the British press, the car crash that killed the Diana rewrote the rules on reporting celebrity deaths.
From spontaneous mass singing after a terror attack to Irish laments, music reflects the painful, complex and laborious task of mourning.
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.
Imagine this situation: a person has no medical illness but wishes to end his or her life purely because he or she no longer wishes to live. Should they be eligible for euthanasia or assisted suicide?
Online memorial services mean more can mourn.
You need to start thinking about what will happen to your online data when you die.
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.
The health of our pensions can ebb and flow with mortality rates, and the latest data has delivered a shock.
More bloodshed lies ahead – but few are taking any notice.
Chuck Berry has died age 90, rightly remembered as the legend who shaped rock and roll. But his misdeeds can't be ignored in the rush to glorify an icon.
The Oscar-nominated film is pure Hollywood hokum and a lost opportunity.
Australia's snakes, spiders and other venomous critters tend to strike fear in many people. But is Australia's reputation as a nation of deadly creatures deserved?
An Australian virtual reality work premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this week takes the viewer on a wild ride through space.