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Are Mean Obituaries Or Eulogies Fair?
Is honesty always the best policy? Or do some situations call for the old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t...
Before I Die...
After she experienced the death of someone she loved, New Orleans resident Candy Chang was grieving and thinking about death—and...
My Friend's Mom is Dying...What About Me?
When dealing with hardship, it can feel good to console someone else for a change.
A Caregiver's Identity Crisis
If you've even been on the receiving end of a terminal diagnosis or watched someone struggle with a serious illness, then you...
JayWake: One Man’s Celebration of His Life
Favorite Heirloom: Grandma's Priceless Pink Plastic Rollers
Hidden in the back of my closet is a yellowing plastic bag filled with AquaNet-crusted, faded pink, partially broken hair rollers...
How Being Cancer-Free Allowed Me To Mourn My Mother
August, 2013 marked the first anniversary of my mother’s death. Even though she’s been gone for a year, in many ways I’m just...
Regrets, I've Had a Few
About a week before my mom died, she asked me not to leave her side.
Dying Father Has 10-Year-Old Daughter Dress Like Bride
Shark Tank’s Mr. Wonderful Loves When People Die
When it comes to O'Leary's callous attitude on the death industry, we're out.
Remembering My Dad On His Birthday
The 24-hours before my late dad’s birthday are a blur. My coping method of choice is repression and over the years I’ve become a...
Why I Don’t Have My Father’s Name Tattooed on My Body
Lessons from Losing My Parents
Guest writer Roz Jonas shares five lessons she learned while coping with the loss of both her parents.
New Yorker Cartoons About Death
The dry wit of New Yorker cartoons takes on the toughest topic of all: death. We picked out some of our favorites.
Coimetrophobia: The Fear Of Cemeteries
First Funeral Selfies. Now Corpse Selfies. Please Stop!
Eulogy For My Mother
My Grandma Died on FaceTime
Last week I was at my desk when I received a group text from my mom: “My mom just died.” Followed by: “I was with her on FaceTime...
How Comfort Dogs Comfort
Google Wants To End Death
A Time magazine cover story asks a really interesting question: “Can Google Solve Death?” The answer: No. Google can’t solve...
Talking To Parents About Death Can Be Frustrating
Yep, sounds about right.
A Dignified Funeral In The Face Of Adversity
No one can guarantee a peaceful death, but an undisturbed funeral should be a given. Here are a few things to keep in mind to...
How 8 Popular TV Shows Confronted Death
The show must go on, just keep some tissues handy.
Dealing With The Death Of A Co-Worker
Whether you were close, at odds, or barely acquainted with the deceased, grief can present itself in many different ways.
Identifying A Body In Real Life Is Nothing Like TV
The lack of drama is definitely a good thing.
State-By-State Death Certificate Ordering Information
A death certificate is an official, government-issued document that declares the date and time, location, and cause of death, as...
Guide: How To Find A Home Cleaning Service
If the person who died was unattended to for an extended period of time or if the death resulted in the presence of blood or...
The Most Common Household Issues After A Death
There are a number of common household issues that may need to be taken care of after a death. These tasks generally depend on...
Three Important Things To Do Before A Funeral
The things you’ll need to take care of before the funeral depend on the nature of your loss and the situation you’re in. In...
How To Inform Family And Friends Of A Death
As soon as you can, you’ll want to reach out to family and friends to notify them of the death. You'll also want to inform people...
How To Ask For Help After A Death
After a death, many people want to reach out and help but don’t know how.
How To Get A Death Certificate
A death certificate is an official, government-issued document that declares the date and time, location, and cause of death.
Long-Term Ways To Help Someone Grieving
There are many things you can do to support the bereaved in the months and years following a death.
10 Things To Do After A Death
It’s a difficult time, emotions are raw and there’s a lot to organize.
How You Can Help A Grieving Person Before The Funeral
Before the funeral or memorial service, you can expect the grieving person to be emotionally distraught, distracted, and...
From our Blog
Death Over Dinner Gets Props on Bloomberg
Death + Dinner = Delicious. Bloomberg Media recently highlighted the “death dinners,” which recently collaborated with...
Rock Center about Making Tough End-of-Life Decisions
Last night Rock Center with Brian Williams aired a very powerful piece about a tough subject: Talking about dying in order...
Open Letter To Game Of Thrones Creator George R.R. Martin
Dear Mr. Martin, Now that another exhilarating season of Game of Thrones is wrapping up, we are all turning our attention...
My Mother's Ethical Will
One of the first things my mother did when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer was contact an estate attorney. She was...
A Daughter's Reflections on Her Father's Death
In Issue 11 of The Magazine (a subscription-based online and iPhone/iPad app that features fascinating short articles on a...
In cities across the country (and the world), curious people of all ages and backgrounds are gathering regularly to share...
Introducing Lauren Thaler Kahn
A Matter of Life and Death As an only child with a single parent, I was always scared to death of losing my mother. Life...
Remembering My Mother On My Birthday
Today we're turning our blog over to Everplans' Contributing Editor Lauren Thaler Kahn. Lauren is the founder of Punchwell...
Milestones: My Loss Does Not Define My Gains
I feel the sting of my mother’s absence most acutely at the milestones. In some ways, the milestones, no matter how many...
The Identity Crisis of the Patient
After my mom’s cancer diagnosis, lots of things changed: schedules, diets, and priorities, to name a few. But one of the...
A Laughing Matter
For a blog series called A Matter of Life and Death, I admit that I’ve probably talked a lot more about the latter. (Sorry...
Hackers Using Real Funeral Homes To Kill Your Computer
It’s bad enough when hackers steal credit card information from shopping sites, but now they’re targeting grieving friends...
Terminally Ill Have Permission to Die In New Mexico
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...
LearnVest Covers Death Over Dinner...and Us!
The popular financial site LearnVest has jumped on the Death Over Dinner train with this recent article "Death Dinners:...
Personal Story: Loss, Grief, and Recovery
Mark lost his wife of 28 years to cancer two years ago and documented his experience on his site. It's quite comprehensive...
Video: Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Dying?
Our friend Kathy Kastner of BestEndings.com has put together a very down-to-earth and helpful video series dealing with...
Scott Simon Shares His Mother's Last Days
Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, has been sitting with his mother in a hospital Intensive Care Unit...
Introducing Marianna Sachse
Death, Dying, and Dealing with It Three years ago, I could never have imagined that I’d be contributing to a blog about end...
Good End Of Life With Judy MacDonald Johnston
Judy MacDonald Johnston, creator of Good [End Of] Life, gave a powerful talk at the TED conference this year. It inspired us...
Care When There Is No Cure
Friend-of-Everplans Mark Dimor is producing a documentary that we think is both powerful and important. The film is inspired...
A Good Death: Photos
What does a good death look like? Photographer Joshua Bright offers one answer to this question with a series of photographs...
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