A morning ritual in Varanasi’s sacred river Ganga.
Dying in Varanasi is everyday. That’s not to say dying is ordinary. On the contrary, it is a sacred art form, a spiritual passage that is part of the daily practice of living.
As coronavirus cases surge, unvaccinated people are accounting for nearly all hospitalizations and deaths.
Fat Camera/E+ via Getty Images
The US has split into “two Americas,” one of the unvaccinated and one of the vaccinated. The differences in deaths and hospitalizations between the two populations are striking.
Concerns have been raised over grief being severely, negatively impacted by the pandemic.
(Zackary Drucker/The Gender Spectrum Collection)
The negative impact of the pandemic on grief has raised concerns. Our study shows that 15 per cent of people dealing with grief are at risk of what’s known as complicated grief.
COVID-19 has impacted an important moment in many people’s lives: grieving the loss of a loved one. Here are some things that can help if you’re far away.
A female burying beetle caring for her brood.
Carrion beetles help stabilise the biology of the soil they live in.
Odysseus reuniting with his father, Laertes.
Leemage/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
On Father’s Day, a scholar of ancient Greek poetry explains how he came to understand the father-son relationship and his journey of loss and yearning through reading the epics.
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?
Leon Neal-WPA Pool/Getty Images
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.
AP Photo/Matt Dunham
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.
JIJI PRESS/AFP via Getty Images
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.
Aldomurillo via Getty Images
The pandemic is bringing up tough new questions as parents and grandparents develop advance care plans. Here’s how to start the conversation.