What we learn from our last words

What we learn from our last words

0814_FEA_KEN_Portrait16Mr. Happy had terminal brain cancer.

First it had been in his lungs, but it didn’t stay put, and in January of last year, his doctor told him, David Cribbs, Mr. Happy, that the tumors were everywhere. His doctor couldn’t say for sure how long he had, maybe only months, maybe only weeks, but he did tell him to do what he needed to do before he died.

So Cribbs readied his will. He talked to his…

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Why do locals shun this stunning scenery

Located on the edge of the village of Dargavs, in the republic of North Ossetia–Alania, in Russia, is an ancient cemetery or necropolis.

Why do locals shun this stunning scenery

Located on the edge of the village of Dargavs, in the republic of North Ossetia–Alania, in Russia, is an ancient cemetery or necropolis.


How to send your pets off in style

An American company is creating an out of this world service to send the cremated remains of pets on spaceflights.

How to send your pets off in style

An American company is creating an out of this world service to send the cremated remains of pets on spaceflights.


Why this professor wants to be restrung as a skeleton

Professor Sue Black knows exactly what she wants to happen when she dies. “I want all the tissue off and I want to be restrung as a skeleton in that corner so I don’t miss out on anything,” she says, pointing across the dissection room at the University of Dundee Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (Cahid), where she is director.

Why this professor wants to be restrung as a skeleton

Professor Sue Black knows exactly what she wants to happen when she dies. “I want all the tissue off and I want to be restrung as a skeleton in that corner so I don’t miss out on anything,” she says, pointing across the dissection room at the University of Dundee Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (Cahid), where she is director.


Why do we care about the dead?

Why do we care about the dead? And what does this care keep alive in us? University of California, Berkeley historian Thomas Laqueur is working through these questions, focusing on the history of European death cultures.

Why do we care about the dead?

Why do we care about the dead? And what does this care keep alive in us? University of California, Berkeley historian Thomas Laqueur is working through these questions, focusing on the history of European death cultures.


Why you should be glad you didn’t die in the 18th century

In the 1700s, Good Samaritans in several European cities began to take a keen interest in reviving people who appeared to have drowned.

Why you should be glad you didn’t die in the 18th century

In the 1700s, Good Samaritans in several European cities began to take a keen interest in reviving people who appeared to have drowned.


Why these actors’ performances are so bitter-sweet

Almost 110 years after the world’s first full-length feature film, The Story of the Ned Kelly Gang…

Why these actors’ performances are so bitter-sweet

Almost 110 years after the world’s first full-length feature film, The Story of the Ned Kelly Gang…


How to make funeral costs cheaper for your family

How to make funeral costs cheaper for your family

123Funerals in Australia can cost anywhere from $4000 to $15,000 depending on whether they are simple or elaborate.

If you want to make things easier for your family by paying in advance for your funeral the Australian Securities and Investments Commission has some options to consider.

https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/life-events-and-you/over-55s/paying-for-your-funeral

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Why the community should help with funeral costs

The idea for Tender Funerals arose from a community conversation about the high cost of funerals and the sense that they were being driven by an industry rather than by those closest to the person who had died.

Why the community should help with funeral costs

The idea for Tender Funerals arose from a community conversation about the high cost of funerals and the sense that they were being driven by an industry rather than by those closest to the person who had died.


Why this girl dies over and over again

Why this girl dies over and over again

123It’s been five years since Julie Buntin’s best friend from high school passed away, but her death happens over and over online.

For as long as Facebook exists, Lea will be there, saying goodbye. And as long as she’s there, Julie be watching her go.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/07/shes-still-dying-on-facebook/373904/

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