In men alone, the risk of being hospitalised due to suicidal behaviour one year after losing a parent was 218% greater than in people who hadn’t lost a parent.
An expert on grief says give people space and time to come to terms with loss and don’t expect them to need – or want – ‘closure.’
As late as 1970, only about 5% of Americans chose to be cremated. In 2020, more than 56% Americans opted for it.
Death creates grief and sometimes grief overwhelms good sense and creates greed leading to disputes. Making a will is the best way to smooth the process of transferring your estate once you die.
COVID-19 deaths tend to be more unexpected and traumatic than other types of deaths. A sociologist explains the mental health burdens facing the millions who’ve lost a relative to the coronavirus.
Terminally ill patients who seek an assisted death have no desire to end their life. Calling their decision ‘assisted suicide’ can have harmful consequences.
The pandemic has forced people to discover new ways of maintaining connection with one another and to consider their own mortality — obituaries played a part in making this easier.
We have also lost moments of shared empathy – a space for others to see people who are travelling the same path.
Designing a memorial that helps the community grieve and heal is no easy task.
People who are directly affected by mass shootings may develop PTSD and depression. But those who are indirectly exposed to these tragedies can also experience profound and long-lasting grief.
The Civil War – the second-most-deadly event in US history, just behind COVID-19 –contributed to lasting changes in how Americans care for the dead.
Necessary public health protections have affected people’s access to dying loved ones, limited their participation in important rituals, and reduced their social support.
Our health-care system needs to respond in a more just, inclusive, caring and timely way to allow in-person final goodbyes from those who matter most to those at the end of life.
A scholar conducted over 70 hours of interviews with people involved in the medical and funerary professions to understand the impact of changes in death rituals during the pandemic.
Writing can help work through some of the emotions and boost wellbeing.
Behind the statistics are real people with real life stories of illness, death, disruption, sorrow and even despair.
Today viewers may be preoccupied by the methods used by spirit photographers, but spirit photographs had a notable impact on the bereaved who commissioned the portraits.
Samhain will be particularly poignant this year for Wiccans who are members or veterans of the US military as they process the end of the 20-year war in Afghanistan.
Understanding liminality and its origins can provide ways to better understand the foggy, ambiguous space we’re experiencing right now.
Over 130 hours of conversations with older people reveal the truth of what it’s like to get old and how to cope with loneliness.