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Cousin reconnected.

Forgotten relations have parachuted into my life...Can I make them useful? [more inside]
posted by frosty_hut on Dec 26, 2007 - 22 answers

One little mouse...

Something inside (the walls) just died right near our heating pipe, and we can't get it out... [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Dec 24, 2007 - 11 answers

How do funeral homes control their odors?

This question is morbid, but I've always wanted the answer. How on earth do funeral parlors (especially those that do cremation) operate in neighborhoods or right next to them without smelling horrible? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Dec 17, 2007 - 15 answers

Declaring Next of Kin?

Is it possible to legally declare someone your next of kin or the equivalent? I know that you can make a will for estates, and medical care proxies and the like, but next of kin make decisions about funeral arrangements and other issues and I'm not sure how to go about covering all the miscellaneous bases out there. I'm in the US/NYS, gathering info before talking to a lawyer about specifics.
posted by voidcontext on Dec 12, 2007 - 14 answers

They see dead people...

I recently read on a website somewhere, one person's account of an elderly relative dying. [more inside]
posted by Rabulah on Dec 11, 2007 - 3 answers

How do I deal with death?

I've reached my late 20s without ever facing death. How do I deal with death when I know I will face it sooner or later? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2007 - 25 answers

the undiscovered country

If you've been dead (or know someone who has), and were conscious while it happened: what does it feel like to die? [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity on Nov 30, 2007 - 29 answers

What to do with clothing that can't be given to Goodwill?

What to do with the clothing of someone who has passed away? Goodwill is not a option. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 21, 2007 - 39 answers

We're all dying?

Looking for some source of a quote about, or the general idea that, we are all slowly dying, but some are closer than others. [more inside]
posted by jckll on Nov 20, 2007 - 12 answers

Right way to pay respects?

A (work) friend's husband was recently killed in an accident. What is the protocol for sending cards, flowers, letters, etc., to the surviving family? [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy on Nov 18, 2007 - 12 answers

Dying has a way of making family gatherings kind of awkward

I'm spending my Thanksgiving in Malaysia, visiting my one of my aunts, along with others in my extended family. I'm almost certain that this will be the last time I'll ever see her. [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Nov 16, 2007 - 7 answers

When to file claim on life insurance

Going to inherit money. Don't know how much. Have to file life insurance claim. Friends say I should wait 'till after the 1st of the year to file the claim, so it'll show up n next years taxes. I say it doesn't matter, since I'm planning on getting with an financial advisor and pay/take out the tax amount before spending any. Who's right? This is in America.
posted by MichaelKnight on Nov 6, 2007 - 14 answers

What do I do to track my stalker?

My husband recently recieved a death-threat via email from a former coworker. We want to know what we can do to track his home address, car, and other stuff, so we don't run into him. [more inside]
posted by beezy on Oct 31, 2007 - 26 answers

Death metal bands that sound like real bands.

What are some great modestly produced death metal bands/albums? [more inside]
posted by Darth Fedor on Oct 19, 2007 - 17 answers

Why do we need a death toll?

Besides the obvious collateral benefits to producers and consumers of news, what is the logic of using the time and resources of government officials during an emergency to calculate and report the death/injury toll of a natural or man-made disaster? Does this task aid rescue or recovery efforts in any way?
posted by Saucy Intruder on Oct 19, 2007 - 11 answers

How do you prepare or help prepare someone who is dying and then deal with the practical aspects of the aftermath

Questions about the practical aspects of preparing for someone for death and things the survivors need to do after the death. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 8, 2007 - 14 answers

Will I, or wont I?

I realise that you are not my lawyer, and that this is not legal advice. I promise not to sue you. But I'd like some advice on wills. [more inside]
posted by Rabulah on Oct 3, 2007 - 6 answers


Looking for books about destruction. [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity on Sep 30, 2007 - 26 answers

Speaking for the dead

My father is going to die in the next few days (cancer of the aesophagus) and my family have decided that I should be the one to take care of the arrangements*. I need advice on dealing with undertakers in the UK, and--a longshot but worth asking--any recommendations for trusted funeral homes and funeral directors in Suffolk (that's Suffolk UK, for the hard of thinking), ideally ones not associated with SCI. [more inside]
posted by Hogshead on Sep 24, 2007 - 18 answers

Location of end of life

Do most people die at home or in hospital (or other)? [more inside]
posted by pettins on Sep 23, 2007 - 7 answers

Overcoming fear

I am afraid to die due to the following causes. 1) Death through cancer 2) Death caused by bodily harm done to me, by people whom i don't get along well. (I do not have intention of harming others) I get afraid/fearful/anxious. 3)Sometimes I feel people are jealous of me......and they will harm me because of that, since i am better off than them... Can people give me some insight. I am normal person, in other ways (able to make a decent living), but neurotic. Getting extremely anxious. I am especially afraid of pain/death. So i am not able to live. I have read lot of books, but it is not helping me. How do you overcome pain ? Is pain really painful ? I am a loner. Don't have close friends after i suffered depression and got hospitalized.
posted by mot123 on Sep 20, 2007 - 23 answers

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Towards the light, I mean

"Go Towards The Light" - Death or Salvation? [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie on Sep 12, 2007 - 11 answers

Where can I find more melodic death metal without lyrics.

Where can I find good melodic death metal that don't have lyrics? [more inside]
posted by PowerCat on Sep 11, 2007 - 15 answers

I don't want to walk you up to the casket!

How do I tactfully avoid having to accompany people to the casket at a family member's funeral? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2007 - 17 answers

Where does the phrase "went to the bridge" come from?

Where does the phrase "went to the bridge" come from and what exactly does it mean? [more inside]
posted by jesirose on Aug 21, 2007 - 6 answers

how many americans have died under individual U.S. presidents? (as a result of their actions, aka war - not natural causes)

how many americans have died under individual U.S. presidents? (as a result of their actions, aka war - not natural causes) [more inside]
posted by krautland on Aug 9, 2007 - 10 answers

A lovely person needs a really good tribute.

I'm designing a funeral handout for a young woman who has died suddenly. Help me come up with ideas for a poem or verse or quote or something to include. [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller on Aug 3, 2007 - 24 answers

28 hours, drive from LA to Death Valley & back, worth it? If so, what would you suggest as the itinerary?

28 hours, drive from LA to Death Valley & back, worth it? If so, what would you suggest as the itinerary?
posted by parttimeninja on Jul 23, 2007 - 10 answers

Do you have to make mortgage payments for the deceased?

Someone died. Does her family have to keep paying the mortgage payments? Does interest keep accruing? Can they rent it out during this period? There was no will. (This is in California.) [more inside]
posted by salvia on Jul 22, 2007 - 9 answers

Presiding over a funeral

My friend is dying, and has asked me to preside over his funeral. I am meeting with him this weekend to talk about his wishes. What questions do I need to ask him while he is still alive? What information will make it easier for me to do this? I have been fortunate enough not to have experienced the death of many family or friends, so I don't really know much more about funerals than what I learned from Six Feet Under.
posted by arcticwoman on Jul 19, 2007 - 13 answers

What's the total number of death row inmates and the average cost to hold them?

How much money could be saved if California executed all the prisoners on death row tomorrow? What about the country? [more inside]
posted by sipher on Jul 18, 2007 - 13 answers

URGENT: I accidentally made chlorine gas -- should I start writing my will?

I just mixed bleach / vinegar / salt / and liquid dish detergent in hopes of created a super weed killer. I mixed the stuff in a fairly well-ventilated room, and then sprayed it on some weeds outside. Now I just read about chlorine gas resulting from the mixture of bleach and chlorine, and I'm suddenly feeling light-headed (hypochondriac). Am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) on Jul 17, 2007 - 33 answers

How to help a friend dealing with the sudden death of her sister?

My friend's sister just died. How to help? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Jul 14, 2007 - 19 answers

Keeping patients in the dark in Japan?

I'd like more information about the practice of not informing patients of the extent of their illness in Japan. [more inside]
posted by Espy Gillespie on Jul 13, 2007 - 18 answers

How to record a voice mail message to my computer?

How do I record a voice mail message from a landline onto my computer? [more inside]
posted by annathea on Jul 4, 2007 - 10 answers

Pre-emptive round buying, or another way of celebrating the death of an asshole.

I occasionally read about people buying rounds of drinks for a bar on the death of some hated public figure. I’m interested in doing something similar for a public figure in particular, but I may well be not flush with cash when it happens, so I'd like to do the legwork for it in advance. [more inside]
posted by Aidan Kehoe on Jun 26, 2007 - 18 answers


what do you do, or who do you call, when someone dies at home? not suddenly or unexpectedly, nothing you can do to prevent it. they're just sick and you know it's coming.
posted by andywolf on Jun 19, 2007 - 39 answers

My girlfriend went emotionally AWOL and then my mom died. Get out now?

I had the perfect relationship for 2 years. Perfect, happy, every second. Then my mom got sick and my girlfriend started having trouble in school. She responded by sleeping with my roommate and changing her entire personality. Then my mom died. Your advice, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2007 - 33 answers

Animal companion grief

What steps do you take to grieve companion animals? [more inside]
posted by vers on Jun 15, 2007 - 29 answers

Is being paranoid of dying a normal thing?

Is being paranoid of dying a normal thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2007 - 20 answers

Too Soon for a Widower to Date?

How soon is too soon to start dating after the death of a spouse? All the websites I've read have been for widows and widowers and tell them not to feel guilty for moving on with their lives after the passing of their loved one. But surely there really *is* such a thing as too soon? [more inside]
posted by jennak on Jun 3, 2007 - 38 answers

Dealing with Sudden Death

Processing and dealing with a sudden death. [more inside]
posted by atayah on May 30, 2007 - 19 answers

Should I hold a family pet funeral?

Our 18 year old cat died this afternoon. Would it be beneficial to my 6 1/2 year old daughter to have a full "pet funeral", or should I just quietly bury him in the backyard before she gets home from school today? [more inside]
posted by aguy on May 24, 2007 - 42 answers

Quick! Who said it?

QuoteFilter: Who coined the phrase, "death is the great equalizer"?
posted by jknecht on May 22, 2007 - 13 answers

Anger is short-lived madness. ~Horace

How can I deal with anger/fear over a senseless death? [more inside]
posted by Liosliath on May 18, 2007 - 18 answers

How to talk to friends about death and illness if you hate talking about it?

I have a hard time talking to my friends about other people's terminal illnesses and/or deaths. I'd like to get better at this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2007 - 12 answers

Did the subway sarin incident go to plan?

SarinGasFilter: in the Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995, 5 team members released a total of 5.5 litres of liquid sarin at 5 different locations. According to this Wikipedia article, "a single drop of sarin the size of the head of a pin can kill an adult," yet the total deaths = 12. Were Aum Shinrikyo aware that their sarin was spectacularly bad/ impure/ degraded, or were they aiming for significantly more fatalities?
posted by The_Partridge_Family on May 16, 2007 - 9 answers

How can I find info on someone who's passed away?

I know someone's date of birth, date of death, the U.S. state they died in (Washington) -- but not the county -- and their SSN. How do I find out what happened to them? [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal on May 3, 2007 - 15 answers


Can my computer kill me without warning? [more inside]
posted by DU on Apr 27, 2007 - 45 answers

Helping my dad grieve

How do I support my dad in his grief? [more inside]
posted by messylissa on Apr 26, 2007 - 11 answers

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