Putting a dollar value on human lives to compare the costs and benefits of stay-at-home orders can have unintended consequences. These researchers found a different way.
Without a vaccine, the cost of reaching herd immunity during a pandemic is counted in lives lost, and it won't quickly stop the virus's spread.
PODCAST: An audio version of an in depth article on what newly discovered documents reveal about the burial of Charles Dickens, 150 years after his death.
Religious scholars and faith leaders reflect on the death rites cultures have developed to honor the deceased, comfort the living and share the burden of mourning.
Preventing people from dying alone in a pandemic takes ingenuity and money, but it’s the right thing to do.
In the 10 years leading up to 2016, the rate of prisoner mortality rose by 15%. End-of-life options can be limited for inmates.
It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.
Graveyards were important locations in Victorian life.
From burial sites targeted by grave robbers to disposing of ashes at sea, the job of disposing of the unclaimed dead has a rich history. Sadly, it still goes on today and is on the rise.
It's time to talk to your loved ones about what care and treatment you'd want if you face death from COVID-19.
Facing loss alone is a terrible predicament. But help is available.
Whether we miss them, feel guilty about not having appreciated them more or struggle to forgive them, remembering our parents can hurt. Here's how to move on.
My research as a professor of death studies shows how facing up to our own mortality can offer the opportunity to rediscover some positive truths about life.
A lot of numbers are being tossed around about COVID-19 and what to expect in the future. They're being used to make critical public health decisions, but they aren't as simple as they appear.
An expert on forensic science explains the critical role of coroners and pathologists in the COVID-19 crisis, as many cities struggle to manage the soaring number of dead bodies.
Too may countries are drastically unprepared for the coming weeks and months.
Funerals, as we know them, will regrettably but necessarily be another of our social rituals that must radically alter in the short-term.
Funeral homes, crematoria and morgues face many challenges in the months ahead as the coronavirus death toll rises.
In the eight weeks before the first person with COVID-19 died in the UK mortality rates had been mercifully low.
A first-century B.C. Roman poet and philosopher, Lucretius was worried that our fear of death could lead to irrational beliefs and actions that could harm society.