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Surprise ending

I just found out within the last hour that my father has passed away. I am in California and he lived in Missouri. Now what? [more inside]
posted by jvilter on Oct 1, 2008 - 20 answers

Her Mother died of Breast Cancer two years ago, what can I do?

Breast Cancer took her mother from her 2 years ago (October 3rd, 2006)- what can I do for her anniversary? [more inside]
posted by eleongonzales on Oct 1, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me find a depressing poem!

I'm looking for a longer poem about death/dying that I read some time ago. IIRC, I found it via the "Poetry Sunday" series on the Daylight Atheism blog, but upon a little research, it was not one of the poems featured there. Perhaps it is by one of the same authors? [more inside]
posted by aheckler on Sep 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Oh, snap!

KillingFilter: Death by neck-snap? [more inside]
posted by Mountain Goatse on Sep 24, 2008 - 17 answers

Slightly morbid bird question

Why do you never see dead birds in the city? I live in the city and close to water. My surroundings are full of ducks, swans, pigeons (yich) and gulls. Yet I never see one dead, except maybe if it was run over by a car. Why is that? Is there some secret bird cemetery they go to to die? Surely the gutters should be full of dead pigeons or something. God knows there's enough of them around. Or are they eaten by insects in record time? Disclaimer: I do not have an actual wish to see dead birds. I've just been wondering about this since forever.
posted by Skyanth on Sep 17, 2008 - 22 answers

It's been on my mind: what legal say do the dead have?

In the United States, what legal rights are there for dead people? Does the constitution have stipulations for the rights of dead Americans and non-Americans who die in America? Also, how long - hypothetically - does a person need to be dead until their body becomes public property and, in the case of those who die leaving kin, are dead bodies 'owned', and for how long?
posted by parmanparman on Sep 11, 2008 - 15 answers

How to support my mother after her sister's death?

What kinds of things can/should I do for my Mother, upon the death of her sister (my Aunt), in order to make her more at ease, both now, and over the ensuing months/years? [more inside]
posted by segatakai on Aug 24, 2008 - 7 answers

How can I make time slow down?

How can I make time slow down? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Aug 18, 2008 - 40 answers

Stay away from the light

Besides the Tibetan Book of the Dead, are there other ancient cultural texts about dying? [more inside]
posted by generic230 on Jul 30, 2008 - 10 answers

Memorializing fans in-medium

In-medium tributes: Can you think of instances where fans/players have died and been memorialized in some way in a show or game (if you can think of other forms where this has happened go right ahead)? Examples would be Leyla Harrison (X-Files) or Dak "Caylee" Krause (World of Warcraft).
posted by calistasm on Jul 26, 2008 - 10 answers

A book for a grieving 20something.

Please suggest helpful books on the grieving process for a twentysomething who just lost her mom. [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp on Jul 26, 2008 - 15 answers

This time, I want to move WITHOUT trauma...

How to manage short, cluttered move solo, with no swap space? I'm bad at planning big projects... [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Jul 25, 2008 - 15 answers

Death Defying Oven Cleaning

Am I going to kill myself why attempting to clean my oven? [more inside]
posted by zackola on Jul 16, 2008 - 8 answers

For I have known a sorrow such as yours, and understand.

How can I feel less alone in my grief? [more inside]
posted by Alligator on Jul 9, 2008 - 15 answers

Dealing with loss in a nontraditional relationship

My boyfriend's best friend just died over the weekend. He is inconsolable. I know I can't make it better, but how can I make it suck less? To complicate matters, this is not a "normal" situation, and we're not a "normal" couple. MeFites familiar with BDSM culture and psychology encouraged to reply, particularly those familiar with roleplaying/puppy play. Lengthy details inside; probably NSFW (concept, not content). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst

Can anyone help me find any books, serious or not, on surviving a global catastrophe (of any kind), and/or any books with a central theme of love and hope (as a sort of guide to living happily while dealing with an extreme anxiety over the future of the planet and humanity)? [more inside]
posted by anoirmarie on Jul 7, 2008 - 23 answers

How to start taking care of an estate?

My grandfather died, leaving my father as co-executer of his estate. What are the first steps that my father needs to take? [more inside]
posted by Schismatic on Jul 5, 2008 - 6 answers

All sleeping dogs die.

Dying dog. How do I make him comfortable? [more inside]
posted by kldickson on Jun 29, 2008 - 24 answers

My young friends wife (27) is in a coma. How do I offer support?

My friend from childhood - who I haven't really kept up with much even though we live in the same neighborhood - woke up one morning to discover his wife of less than 3 years was unconscious. She is in a coma and it's not clear if she'll ever wake up. They have one kid. How do I offer my support? [more inside]
posted by seatofmypants on Jun 22, 2008 - 20 answers

Extra deaths in Shakespeare's Hamlet?

Productions of Hamlet in which an additional character dies unexpectedly? (spoilers for a 400-year-old play and modern productions) [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti on Jun 16, 2008 - 9 answers


Why are corners cut on some rolling papers? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Jun 10, 2008 - 7 answers

How to Give Comfort

Has anyone ever had to comfort a person who's been responsible for an accident that caused someone's death? What can one say or do that helps? [more inside]
posted by Hildegarde on Jun 3, 2008 - 24 answers

Party favors for "Death & Taxes"?

I need ideas for creative (and cheap) party favors for a "Death & Taxes" party I'm hosting early in June! [more inside]
posted by Jaqi on May 26, 2008 - 10 answers

Looking for traffic accident details

Is there a way to find out details about a particular traffic accident and death that occurred in New Jersey on May 11? The only additional info I have is the name of the deceased. [more inside]
posted by shortfuse on May 23, 2008 - 11 answers

Help a 3 year old deal with death

My wife's beloved grandmother died yesterday and we are wondering how to explain things to our three year old daughter. [more inside]
posted by TedW on May 22, 2008 - 17 answers

How do I do what I am supposed to do, and will it make me feel any better to do those things?

The new normal sucks. How am I supposed to cope after my father's suddenish death? [more inside]
posted by bash on May 19, 2008 - 29 answers

Songs about drug addiction

Looking for songs about overdosing on drugs and drug addiction. [more inside]
posted by lunit on May 13, 2008 - 80 answers

Should I have looked at my dead son?

My son died of an overdose at the age of 25. I chose not to view his body. I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I wanted my last remberances of him to be while he was alive. Now, I'm wondering if I did the right thing. Has anyone else had this experience? Regret for not looking at him one last time?
posted by wv kay in ga on May 6, 2008 - 49 answers

Help me in the war of deadly insects in hot, humid, Houston weather.

Will I survive against the carpenter bees? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on Apr 28, 2008 - 16 answers

Death and domains

How may one obtain access to a web site, or ownership of the domain, of someone who had recently died? [more inside]
posted by brandnew on Apr 27, 2008 - 4 answers

What should I do for my friends whose cat just died?

My good friends' cat just died. What can I get them/do for them? [more inside]
posted by Maia on Apr 26, 2008 - 27 answers

How to memorialize someone for only $75?

How to memorialize someone for only $75? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2008 - 11 answers

How do I figure out mortality statistics for people born in 1890?

I'm trying to figure out what percentage of people born in 1890 were still alive in 1920 and then 1950 and so on, until we can say for certain that every person born in 1890 is 100 percent definitely dead. I've looked at the 1890 and 1920 census, but they don't have mortality tables. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Apr 22, 2008 - 12 answers

How to say goodbye to someone already gone?

In the next month an important anniversary of a loved one's suicide will be coming up. I have never until this year dealt with the feelings involved with the death and the emotions involved in the loss. I have very little memories of the actual funeral involved (I was 13) but it has been suggested to me (by therapist) that maybe I may like to do some sort of memorial or ritual signifying it. I like this idea. I just have no idea how. [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese on Apr 13, 2008 - 10 answers

Hidden Gems in Death Valley?

What not to miss in Death Valley? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Apr 12, 2008 - 12 answers

During a potentially long-term illness, how do you know when you're supposed to drop what you're doing and go be with the sick person?

My dad is dying, but how do I know how quickly, and how do I know which "scares" I should travel across the country for? [more inside]
posted by bash on Mar 26, 2008 - 31 answers

Hope me please. Thanks.

Okay, soooo... my dad just died. And I need to know how to handle myself and take care of my best interests. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Mar 26, 2008 - 51 answers

I think I still have some healing to do.

How can I best heal emotionally from life threatening surgeries? [more inside]
posted by milarepa on Mar 16, 2008 - 13 answers

Please tell me someone else has seen this

Am I crazy, or is there a book about a man trying to voyage to the afterlife? [more inside]
posted by gc on Mar 14, 2008 - 18 answers

Need help putting together a very small memorial ceremony

Suggestions for putting together a very small memorial ceremony. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Mar 9, 2008 - 7 answers

sublime deaths

Looking for fictional deaths which might be described as 'sublime'. [more inside]
posted by leibniz on Mar 5, 2008 - 51 answers

I'm sorry for your loss.

I need to send a basket of goodies for a bereavement in North Carolina. Said basket needs to be delivered (between Greensboro and Chapel Hill). Anyone have recommendations? [more inside]
posted by 6:1 on Mar 2, 2008 - 8 answers

relationships of all kinds are hard to sort out

My dad died recently, and the resulting grief and intense emotional state I'm in have ramped up feelings I have for an unattainable person... a crush. I'm happily married, and this is confusing and painful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 21, 2008 - 14 answers

Am I statistically more likey to die quietly in my sleep or in a fireball of fury?

How would I estimate what percentage of the world dies or has died of "natural causes" or at least in a way that is not unusual? [more inside]
posted by bigtex on Feb 20, 2008 - 11 answers

When is she likely going to die?

Calling all AskMe health care professionals. My acquaintance has been an alcoholic for at least two decades. She's in the hospital again, and I need realistic expectations about her survival. This is a long one, I'm afraid. [more inside]
posted by lilywing13 on Feb 19, 2008 - 17 answers

Has anyone successfully faked their own death?

Has anyone ever succeeded in faking their own death? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Feb 12, 2008 - 13 answers

In my time of dying

Songs about dying [more inside]
posted by Doohickie on Feb 1, 2008 - 99 answers

Am I a bad person for not grieving over my grandfather's death?

Two years ago, my grandfather suffered a rare stroke in his brain stem that rendered him in what could only be called a waking coma. Think The Diving Bell and the Butterfly but without any capability of communicating. He died two weeks ago in Israel, where he lived with my grandmother. [more inside]
posted by bondgirl53001 on Feb 1, 2008 - 20 answers

What happens if the president-elect dies before taking office?

What happens if the president-elect dies before taking office? [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Jan 31, 2008 - 12 answers

Where can I find pictures of dead firefighters?

Where can I find pictures of dead firefighters? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Jan 28, 2008 - 17 answers

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