The pandemic is bringing up tough new questions as parents and grandparents develop advance care plans. Here's how to start the conversation.
Day of the Dead rituals help people connect with their ancestors, which the Aztecs believed was key to well-being.
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.
The pandemic and political turmoil have left many people feeling anxious, angry and despairing. Being open to joy might bring some respite.
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.
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.
A funeral director explains how the bodies of the deceased are prepared for burial or cremation in the United States.
It's not always easy to determine the cause of a death. Distinguishing between whether someone has died from or with COVID-19 is necessary for understanding the impact of the virus.
We can strike a balance between minimising transmission risk and practising compassion to allow loved ones to visit patients with COVID-19 in ICU at the end of their lives.
One of the hard things about life during a pandemic is the all encompassing lack of certainty. The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard can help us make our peace with this situation.
What happens to our online data after we die? From memorial Facebook pages to password security, a project at Deakin University is exploring the pitfalls and possibilities of "data after death".
A professor reflects on his four decades of working with families dealing with grief and how the program he helped set up could be applied today.
With its daily tallies of those lost to disease, the coronavirus pandemic has brought death into sharp focus, especially for those who are older.
Margot Gage Witvliet went from being healthy and active to fearing she was dying almost overnight. An epidemiologist, she dug into the research to understand what's happening to long-haulers like her.
Research shows that children can become infected with the coronavirus and spread it to others. Though rare, some kids do become severely ill and a few have died from COVID-19.
Playing Red Dead Redemption 2 during a pandemic is a surprisingly moving experience. The game is a haunting meditation on time, death, and the persistence of the past.
The COVID-19 death toll in the US is now over 130,000. What do 130,000 fatalities look like? A biostatistician provides some perspective.
The #SayTheirNames campaign recalls the long struggle by Black Americans to assert their humanity in death, with roots in the fight for slave burials.
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.