Nasty, brutish – but not necessarily short. Here’s how archaeologists know plenty of people didn’t die young.
Fatal road injuries are among the top 10 causes of death in Ghana.
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.
For people to access medical assistance in dying (MAID) requires health-care professionals willing to provide the service. The reasons health-care providers choose not to participate are important.
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.
Avoiding talk of death won’t make it disappear.
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.
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.
In 1983, a constitutional referendum outlawed abortion in Ireland. In 2018, another referendum repealed the ban and legalized abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy. What happened?
The recent case of a man making a simulation of his deceased fiancée raises important questions: while AI makes it possible to create “deadbots”, is it ethically desirable or reprehensible to do so?
When Chloe Hooper’s partner was diagnosed with leukaemia, she struggled to talk about the possibility of his death with their two young children. She found the words in books.
Ukrainian families’ anguish at not being able to bury their loved ones underscores a deep human need, an anthropologist writes.
The end is often envisioned the same way: abruptly, hopelessly and completely. How does this constrain the range of possible solutions?
Mei’s family run a temple to their ancestors in Toronto, depicting a rich and important tradition in Chinese culture.
A robust body of research finds that getting vaccinated against COVID-19 during pregnancy is safe and effective – and the best way to protect both mother and child from the risks of COVID-19.
Green burial is not a new concept, but it is gaining interest among consumers, and some religious groups are leading the way. A theologian explains what’s involved and who natural burials appeal to.
Humans can be resuscitated after 10 minutes, so we may have some level of consciousness immediately after death.
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.