Please see recent death-related change below.
See also: Halcyon Death Headlines
- The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement makes a very controversial suggestion for saving the planet - let humans die out.
- The specifics of green burials vary widely, but typically they require far fewer resources for the care of the body and skip a number of the traditional steps, making them better for the environment. Plus, they can save families on funeral costs. Interest in these pared-down, eco-friendly options has grown as people look for ways to cut their carbon footprint. For example, nearly 54% of Americans are reportedly considering a green burial, and 72% of cemeteries are reporting an increased demand, according to a survey released earlier this year by the US National Funeral Directors Association.
- Bob Dylan wrote, in To Ramona, that "there's not use in trying to deal with the dying, though I cannot explain that in lights", although ironically, the earlier Dylan from whom he took his name told us to "rage, rage against the dying of the light".
- The profundity of death can yield some pretty banal work, so perhaps the message is most profound when it is expressed obliquely through art.
- A gathering of contemporary writers struggle to come to terms with the fate awaiting us all, in a series of reflections on how to mark time before the final reckoning.
- A leading futurist argues that humans will effectively become "immortal" around 2045.
- How long before "Goodbye" magazine and celebrity funerals?
- In 2007, Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that made the world stop and pay attention. Watch Randy Pausch's talk.
- Celebrating loved ones' "deathdays". http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1734819,00.html
- Don't fear death - "enjoy the setting sun". http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article6710655.ece
- Good death http://www.dailygrail.com/node/view/354
- Remembering loved ones with affection. http://www.gratefulness.org/poetry/presence.htm
- A most beautiful death http://www.lettersofnote.com/2010/03/most-beautiful-death.html
- Dignity in death http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/leading_article/article6710663.ece seemed to extend to the ability to choose your own apocalypse. http://sdn.slate.com/features/endofamerica/default.htm
- Children's hospices http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2099-2011108,00.html
- Befriending network http://www.befriending.net/ ; end-of-life support http://www.befriending.net/other_endoflife.htm
- Death & The Chalice of Repose http://www.lapismagazine.org/archives/L02/schroder-sheker.html. Some keys to a gracious death lie with the rediscovery of eleventh century music from the monasteries of France.
- A transforming perspective on bereavement http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,0_0713994142,00.html?sym=MIS
- “Euthanasia Coaster” is a hypothetic euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being.
- Necropolis - London and its dead http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/books/reviews/article359697.ece