Source: Michael Clayton, Warner Home Video

While promoting her new vampire flick Only Lovers Left Alive actress Tilda Swinton told The New York Posts' PageSix.com that she's not afraid of death:

“I think in a funny way we all do live forever. There aren’t that many people who aren’t spoken about after they die . . . I think immortality is probably overrated. I am all for the adventure. It’s coming and I’m not frightened.”

Swinton is known for playing fearless characters and it has apparently carried over into her real life. She won an Academy Award for her performance in Michael Clayton and is probably best known as The White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.


Source: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Buena Vista Home Entertainment

Perhaps playing a vampire made her realize that immortality would get boring. While many might not share Swinton's views on death, we certainly understand vampire fatigue. Between True Blood, Twilight, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, more Twilight, Dark Shadows, even more Twilight we're all vampire-d out.

Via New York Post

It’s bad enough when hackers steal credit card information from shopping sites, but now they’re targeting grieving friends and families, according to a news report from WTSP.com (@WTSP10News).

If you’re a proponent for ending your life in the event of a terminal illness, the Breaking Bad state has some good news.

A New Mexico judge said terminally ill, mentally competent patients can choose to have a doctor end their life, according to CNN. Stemming from a lawsuit filed on behalf of a terminally ill cancer patient by the ACLU and Compassion & Choices, the judge had to consider if doctors could precribe a fatal dose of drugs if a patient wanted it. Here's an excerpt of Second Judicial District Judge Nan Nash's response:

This Court cannot envision a right more fundamental, more private or more integral to the liberty, safety and happiness of a New Mexican than the right of a competent, terminally ill patient to choose aid in dying. If decisions made in the shadow of one's imminent death regarding how they and their loved ones will face that death are not fundamental and at the core of these constitutional guarantees, than what decisions are?


Source: Flickr/Gerald Pereira

When I tell people that I worked in the funeral industry, I’m always asked if it’s as sketchy as they think. Then they’ll tell me about an article they read where a consumer was ripped off, or a news blurb they watched about a body being buried in the wrong grave. It’s almost always anecdotal, but the stories pile up.

Although there were major funeral industry issues in the past, since 1984 the Federal Trade Commission has regulated it to curb many horrible practices.  But since employees performing their job properly isn’t interesting, the public only sees the negative scandalous stuff. Thus, people believe the funeral industry, which is already mysterious to begin with, is full of scandal.


The popular financial site LearnVest has jumped on the Death Over Dinner train with this recent article "Death Dinners: Why Dying Is a Supper Topic Du Jour":

For many people these days, one effective way to share their very personal end-of-life decisions and desires with friends and family is to host “death dinners.” The hope is that gathering over a meal will make discussing the topic of dying a little more palatable, while also sparing loved ones from fighting over financial and medical issues down the road.

Everplans Co-founder Abby Schneiderman running our booth

San Jose is lovely this time of year and Everplans is thrilled to be exhibiting at The 2013 AgeTech West Conference and Expo (“Aging Services Meets Silicon Valley: Creating the Future of Care”).


Mark lost his wife of 28 years to cancer two years ago and documented his experience on his site. It's quite comprehensive and offers an honest and thoughtful look at his loss from all angles. His most recent post, Caregiving, Loss, Grief, and Recovery: A Journey, is perhaps his most personal.

What’s the difference between saying you love the troops and actually loving them? How about making sure their families receive money owed to them when they die.

We do our best to prepare for natural disasters, but we rarely prepare for the natural disaster awaiting us all: Death. So writes Dr. Ira Byock in his compelling and informative story “Caring Well for One Another Through the End of Life,” which appears in USA Today’s “End of Life Care” supplement.


Our friend Kathy Kastner of BestEndings.com has put together a very down-to-earth and helpful video series dealing with the great beyond. Here’s one of the clips: