How do you cope with thinking about death?
Why thinking about death makes us more religious, conservative and prejudiced.
January seems to be characterised by deluge of public mourning. But why do we do it?
A still from the music video for Lazarus.
The dark, disturbing imagery of Bowie's final album recalls how the artist inspired the goth movement of the 1970s and 1980s.
Privately, we grieve for those we’ve loved. Publicly, we grieve for those we’ve never even met.
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.
Just thinking about death triggers odd behaviour, shows research.
It's a myth that hair and nails continue to grow after you die. What else have science discovered about death?
The number of child street hawkers is on the rise in Nigeria.
Children who hawk goods on their heads on Nigeria's streets face an array of health hazards and physical dangers. The government must take steps to reduce this practice.
The UK's palliative care is excellent - but that hasn't prevented scandals like the Liverpool Care Pathway and Mid-staffs.
CSI and its franchise has achieved something unique: making forensics glamorous and sexy and fuelling public fascination with the dead.
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.
Time for a jolly singalong.
Wellcome Library, London
People found out about crime and punishment in that most spectacular era of public executions, the Renaissance, through melody.
The 7/7 memorial in London.
It can't compete with the US, but the UK became part of mega-memorial culture after the London bombings.
Asif Kapadia's documentary shows what it means for a life to be up for public consumption.
The concept of a timely and dignified death has been replaced by an imperative to keep us alive at all costs.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".
Many of us expect, almost demand, to live a long life, in good health. Many of us won’t.
We have – in some of the world – sanitised death, but the custom of post-mortem photography reminds us death is closer to us than we might like to think. This article contains images of dead people.
Recognizing death’s inevitability, people find comfort in their beliefs.
Why are atheists deemed as untrustworthy as rapists?
Dying with dignity.
Systemic change is need to ensure that patients' voices are heard when doctors make decisions about end-of-life care.
Music genre is associated with distinct causes of mortality, more so than sex or age.
We all know the rock adage of "live fast, die young" but is membership of different music genres associated with different risks of early death and different causes of death? Surprisingly, yes ...
Leonard Nimoy, who by anyone’s standards lived long (83) and prospered.
The internet and social media has turned a private death into a very public one.
Life online can continue even after the real life version ends.
Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. So said Kevin Arnold in The Wonder Years. Now that we spend so much time online, our digital…