Articles

Inside the Machine That Will Turn Your Corpse Into Compost
Wired| By Robyn Ross
Published: October 25, 2016
“When you die, do you want to be buried or cremated? If the architect Katrina Spade gets her Urban Death Project to work, you might have a third option: compost.”
http://www.wired.com/2016/10/inside-machine-will-turn-corpse-compost

 

What It Feels Like to Die
The Atlantic | By Jennie Dear
Published: September 9, 2016
“What does dying feel like? Despite a growing body of research about death, the actual, physical experience of dying—the last few days or moments—remains shrouded in mystery. Medicine is just beginning to peek beyond the horizon. Science is just beginning to understand the experience of life’s end.”
http://www.atlantic.com/health/archive/2016/09/what-it-feels-like-to-die

A New Vision for Dreams of the Dying
The New York Times | By Jan Hoffman
Published: January 30, 2016
“For thousands of years, the dreams and visions of the dying have captivated cultures, which imbued them with sacred import. Anthropologists, theologians and sociologists have studied these so-called deathbed phenomena.

Now a team of clinicians and researchers led by Dr. Kerr at Hospice Buffalo, an internist who has a doctorate in neurobiology, are seeking to demystify these experiences and understand their role and importance in supporting “a good death” — for the patient and the bereaved.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/02/health/dreams-dying-deathbed-interpretation-delirium.html

 

Start-Ups Take Rites From the Funeral Home to the Family Home
The New York Times | By Claire Martin
Published: January 30, 2016
“When people call Undertaking LA, they might ask a question like: “My mom just died of cancer in our home. We want to keep her until noon tomorrow. Is that legal? Is that O.K.?”
The answer to both questions is yes, says Amber Carvaly, who founded Undertaking LA along with Caitlin Doughty last summer. They are part of a group that is encouraging more family involvement in end-of-life rituals, including home funerals and cremations that loved ones can watch, called witness cremations.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/31/business/start-ups-take-rites-from-the-funeral-home-to-the-family-home.html

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