Interviews with 32 doctors who provided voluntary assisted dying services in Victoria found layers of bureaucracy made it difficult for patients to access the system. Some died while waiting.
Evidence suggests messages the patient thought to be crystal clear often appear unclear to doctors and family.
Death-friendly communities that welcome mortality might help us live better lives and provide better care for people at the end of their lives.
A hospice doctor spent 10 years studying the end-of-life experiences of over 1,400 terminally ill patients.
Is a person dead when their heart stops beating? It turns out that the classic “flatline” of death is not so straightforward.
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.
Becoming aware of your own mortality can be a liberating and awakening experience.
Over the first year of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria, about 400 people applied to access the laws to end their lives. There are lingering issues, but the system is workable.
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.
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 time to talk to your loved ones about what care and treatment you’d want if you face death from COVID-19.
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.
Funeral homes, crematoria and morgues face many challenges in the months ahead as the coronavirus death toll rises.
Grief has been thought to present itself in five stages, but newer studies into how people process grief shows that, in many ways, it never ends. Grief can be especially powerful at the holidays.
A marathon round of amendments and parliamentary debate will likely see voluntary assisted dying implemented in WA in around 18 months. It’s time to start preparing.
The seriously ill and their families often want to protect each other from thoughts of death. Conversation about end-of-life choices are, however, essential to a good death.
It is not always easy to identify who needs palliative care.
When it comes to helping students who’ve lost a loved one, educators often don’t know what to do or say. A pediatrician offers insights on how schools can support children in grief.
Sitting too much might be killing you – this is what you can do about it.
There is a gap in most people’s knowledge – experiential poverty – about how to deal with death.