Knowing death is coming but not knowing when is particularly unsettling.
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.
A living will can lessen grief and stress, studies suggest.
Few people like to talk about death, but research is suggesting that people should talk with loved ones about their wishes for their final days. You may be surprised which family member is most supportive.
Victoria’s Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury and Finance Mr Daniel Mulino voted against the state’s assisted dying bill.
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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.
Palliative care patients talk far more of life than of death.
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A palliative care doctor discusses his interactions with his patients: "I wouldn't know what I would want were I in their shoes," he says.
Many people hold narrow, often inaccurate and outdated views of what palliative care is.
Our study found people held narrow, often inaccurate and outdated understandings of palliative care.
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.
Caring can be very rewarding for both the carer and the patient.
Here are some tips if you are looking after someone who is nearing the end of their life.
An illustrated depiction of a scene of Lincoln lying in state.
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Dying in America 200 years ago was a simply family affair, devoid of pomp. The US Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's embrace of embalming changed everything.
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.
Detail of figures from the Dance Macabre, Meslay-le-Grenet, from late 15th-century France.
For medieval cultures, the dying process and death itself was a 'transition,' not a rupture.
Palliative care involves a team of specialised health professionals who provide an extra layer of support to the person and their family.
When a person has a serious illness, palliative care aims to improve that person's quality of life.
‘Green burials’ that use biodegradable coffins or lessen the environmental impact in other ways are on the rise.
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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.
Assisted dying legislation is likely to be introduced in Victorian Parliament within a month, and be based on a report launched today by Brian Owler and Jill Hennessy.
Public opinion, shifting views in the health profession and international trends allowing assisted dying mean it will be lawful in Australia at some point. But will it be lawful in Victoria soon?
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Just because a person is dying does not mean that he or she is in a state of panic. Here's an example of how one woman, through a well-lived life, remained at peace as she faced death.
Barbiturates have been used for several purposes including to treat sleep disorders, epilepsy and traumatic brain injury – as well as in anaesthesia and psychiatry.
It is likely that, ironically, any legalisation of euthanasia in this country will actually hinder the care of those most in need.
Having an advance care directive ensures your values and wishes are known, even beyond a time when you can no longer speak for yourself.
At least one-third of patients receive non-beneficial treatments at the end of their life. Having a good advance care directive that you share with others helps them know and respect your wishes.
Putting the unsayable into words makes it easier to bear, for both the writers and those reading them.
People who are over 90 when they die need considerably more support with every aspect of their daily life in their final year.
It is rare to hear from people in their tenth or eleventh decade but their voices are crucial to shaping end-of-life care services.
How do you cope with thinking about death?
Why thinking about death makes us more religious, conservative and prejudiced.
Having tough conversations with kids is important. How you do it is even more crucial.
How best do we teach our kids that the world is not always as we'd like it to be? The 'when' can be out of parents' control, but there are parts of the 'how' that are more manageable.