The case for letting people go gentle into that good night.
Measuring the equivalent economic cost of 'lost life years' due to the pandemic allows us to map the true scale of the crisis.
He who laughs last, lives longest?
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Prince Philip died at 99. Living to such a ripe old age isn't unusual for UK royals. Nor is it surprising, argues an expert on aging and longevity.
Tributes to Prince Philip have focused on his life of service.
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Obituaries tend to play down any negative aspects of character. Over time, they reveal what we value in life.
Improving death-friendliness offers further opportunity to improve social inclusion. A death-friendly approach could lay the groundwork for people to stop fearing getting old or alienating those who have.
Death-friendly communities that welcome mortality might help us live better lives and provide better care for people at the end of their lives.
From talking about death to understanding grief, these picture books can help parents start a difficult conversation about death with young children.
Many Australians come to the end of their life while living in aged care. But damningly, the aged care royal commission found many residents have worse palliative care options than those living elsewhere.
In our final days, relationships can be resurrected, love revived and forgiveness achieved.
A hospice doctor spent 10 years studying the end-of-life experiences of over 1,400 terminally ill patients.
Grief is inevitable, and its effects on individuals, communities and populations need to be recognized and addressed.
The Canadian government needs to develop a national grief strategy to address the needs of its citizens during and after the pandemic.
If you still haven't seen this movie about a jazz pianist whose soul goes on a great adventure, it's about time you did.
New research shows that heart activity may not always end with a flatlined monitor.
Is a person dead when their heart stops beating? It turns out that the classic “flatline” of death is not so straightforward.
The testimonies of bereavement counsellors reveals devastatingly lonely experiences of grief, unexpected feelings of loss and even some silver linings.
Japanese author Yukio Mishima speaks to Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers at Tokyo’s military garrison station on Nov. 25, 1970.
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Like a Rorschach test, the incident offers limitless interpretations. But newly published photographs of Yukio Mishima in his final weeks alive show an artist obsessed with scripting out death.
With family together, either in person or by video, the holidays offer an opportunity for deep, personal discussions about the future.
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The pandemic is bringing up tough new questions as parents and grandparents develop advance care plans. Here's how to start the conversation.
For the Aztecs, Day of the Dead rituals helped people find balance in their personal lives and social ties.
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Day of the Dead rituals help people connect with their ancestors, which the Aztecs believed was key to well-being.
A home in New York decorated for 2020 Halloween.
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For members of the minority religion of Wicca and witchcraft – part of contemporary paganism – Halloween is not just a children's holiday: It is both a celebration and acceptance of death.
You don’t need rose-tinted spectacles to find joy – even in the most stressful times.
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The pandemic and political turmoil have left many people feeling anxious, angry and despairing. Being open to joy might bring some respite.
Hindu cremation being performed on the banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi, India.
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Hindu philosophy believes the soul to be immortal. Death is considered to be the end of only physical incarnation, as the soul continues its journey of multiple births until its final liberation.
No lengthy viewing of the body, but no quick burial either.
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The former justice received a Jewish funeral at the Supreme Court. But in other ways, Ginsburg's burial is breaking with traditional Jewish death rituals.
Becoming aware of your own mortality can be a liberating and awakening experience.