A tangle of rules govern what to do when a California inmate dies.
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?
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.
‘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.
Dying at home isn’t necessarily a good death.
There are some myths about dying that perhaps unexpectedly harm the dying person and deserve scrutiny.
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.
Knowing how to communicate about death gives us the language to discuss end-of-life topics with our loved ones.
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 aims to comfort rather than cure.
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.
People nearing the end of their life often express fear of dying alone.
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".
We come into this world, grow and flourish and then decay and die.
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.
Access to euthanasia in Belgium has been “expanding” but it’s not out of control.
Let's consider some of the oft-voiced concerns and whether they're justified.
Bowie went out as a trailblazer.
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.
Unfortunately for every “good” death, there are many which are much more stormy and drawn out.
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.
The concept of a timely and dignified death has been replaced by an imperative to keep us alive at all costs.
We all die eventually, of course, but these days it's very hard for doctors and loved ones to let patients and relatives die without doing "whatever it takes".
Our tendency to think that we will “beat the odds” is risky, and mostly wrong.
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