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In Wake of Michigan Boy Killing Himself, How Common Is Youth Suicide? What Parents Should Know

An 11-year-old Michigan boy’s death last week — three weeks after he hanged himself — has drawn national attention to youth suicide prevention and …

Silicon Valley’s Quest to Live Forever

Can billions of dollars’ worth of high-tech research succeed in making death optional?<p>On a velvety March evening in Mandeville Canyon, high above the rest of Los Angeles, Norman Lear’s living room was jammed with powerful people eager to learn the secrets of longevity. When the symposium’s first …

Medicine

Despite The Risks, Morphine Can Offer Hope

Morphine. It's why Zubair in Kerala, India, can ride his motorcycle, work at his coffee shop and bring an income home to his family. Without his …

What happens during a heart attack? - Krishna Sudhir

Why we Need to Stop Saying, “I’m Sorry For Your Loss.”

There were about 150 people at my father’s memorial service.<p>Standing in the receiving line afterward it seemed like every conversation, whether it …

How to talk about death when no one else wants to

Love and Death Embrace patch from Etsy seller 69thingstodoPersonally, I am quite lucky to simply take death as a part of life. Three separate …

Will ‘Flameless Cremation’ Catch On?

Bio-cremation techniques make burning the dead look old-fashioned. So what’s stopping people from choosing it?<p>From flaming Viking funeral boats to …

Humanities

Death in the age of Facebook

If you're reading this, three things are true.<p>You were born. You will die. And now, thanks to the internet, you'll be publicly mourned.<p>Loved ones will change their profile pictures to photos of you. Stories will be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Weibo, VK. People may even snap selfies of themselves …

Social Media

EPISODE #65: Kids Ask About Death

The Longest Shortest Time<p>Parenting truth: kids ask crazy questions.<p>My kid’s latest kick? Death. She asks when I’m gonna die, when she’s gonna die. …

The Strange Case of the American Death Penalty

It’s a paradoxical moment in the history of the death penalty in the United States. The number of executions has dwindled to just a few, but the voters, even in the most liberal states, seem to want the punishment to remain on the books. That’s the message of the annual report from the Death …

Florida

Prisoners held on terror charges in Bahrain freed during deadly jailbreak

Gunmen have attacked a prison in Bahrain killing one police officer and freeing several prisoners.<p>The incident occurred in Jaw prison, south of the …

More beheadings in latest jail violence in Brazil

Another prison uprising in Brazil has left four more people dead. The latest violence once again took place in a jail in the jungle city of Manaus. Three of the dead had been beheaded.<p>The bloodshed comes just days after scores of inmates were killed during rioting at two prisons not far from …

Brazil

Almost 100 Killed During a Week of Gang Violence in Brazil's Prisons

Deadly gang-related violence continued in Brazil’s prisons over the weekend, with four people killed in a facility in the northern city of Manaus.<p>The …

Brazil

Death toll rises in latest prison violence in Brazil

At least 27 inmates have now thought to have died in the latest violence to erupt in a Brazilian prison.<p>The death toll is three times what was originally reported by the authorities who have warned it could go higher.<p>On Saturday afternoon, violence broke out between members of rival gangs at …

Brazil

“We’ve mastered weddings—but the funeral needs a lot of work”: Inside the new death industry

The $20-billion-dollar death industry is ripe for disruption—and not of the zombie kind.<p>A typical funeral service today is remarkably similar to one from 50 years ago. A funeral home will display the embalmed body, perhaps in an open casket, while a religious leader who may not have known the …

War

Dying Is Radical: Talking Taboo with a 'Death Doula'

Bodhi Be explains how to die green.<p>Sometimes it freaks me out that we're all just walking around, ignoring the strangeness of existence and the reality of inevitable death. I feel crazy to be plagued by these thoughts, while the people around me are discussing an episode of <i>Game of Thrones</i> and what …

A Soft Goodbye

My uncle Richard died exactly the way he wanted to. He died in the bed he and his wife had shared for thirty-three years, in the house where he grew …

Powerful Photo Series Showing People Shortly Before and After Death

Photographer Walter Schels was terrified of death, so much so he refused to see his mother after she passed away. Upon entering his 70s, Schels …

The sacred task of caring for the dead should be a normal part of life

In Cantonese village culture, there is a group of corpse handlers called the <i>ng jong lo</i>. When a death occurs, the <i>ng jong lo</i> come to the family home to wash the corpse and place it in a coffin. The corpse handlers are “living ghosts,”, dirty, unclean – a group who other citizens fear. Doors and …

A Graphic Guide to Cemetery Symbolism

To convey the lives of the people buried beneath them, and the expectations for what comes after death, symbolism has long been part of tombstones. …

The woman who forced us to look death in the face

In the 1960s, British aristocrat Jessica Mitford wrote a best-seller on the funeral industry’s practices. Twenty years after her death, she can still teach us how to handle mortality.<p>“In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes,” Benjamin Franklin once quipped. If some …

@TheGoodDeath 1906 instructive text on embalming methods and human anatomy! "The Eckels-Genung Method and Practical Embalmer" is a very fascinating read~ https://t.co/5TSRzRHjxd

This Is What It's Really Like To Do Makeup... On Dead People

<i>Amber Carvaly is the mortician, service director, and co-founder of Undertaking LA, a funeral home in L.A. The following story was told to Alix</i> …

Michael Jackson

Lenin Lab: the team keeping the first Soviet leader embalmed

As the Kremlin releases preservation costs for the first time, The Moscow Times looks back on this unlikely 90-year experiment<p>He lies in a glass sarcophagus, his reddish moustache trimmed and his hands resting on his thighs. Dressed in an austere black suit, Vladimir Lenin, the first Soviet leader, …

Death In A Digital Age

<i>How digital has impacted on death and the funeral industry.</i><p>Social media now extends into every aspect of life, from parents posting 12 week scans on …

Social Media