How should I respond to "how was your trip?" [more inside]
There will soon be a death in my family. I'm worried this one's going to be especially hard and I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
Which circumstances lead to an erection after death? [more inside]
Who are artists or writers who have committed murder? [more inside]
Help me find a career working with the dying and/or those close to them. [more inside]
Quotations to help with the loss of loved ones? [more inside]
We're most likely euthanizing our dog this week. I've read previous posts, but want some reassurance. Much much much more inside because I want you to know the whole story. [more inside]
Could you help my friend find a poem to comfort the family of a friend who has just died? The young man had gone through some bumps in his life and was just starting to turn it around, and then, tragically, he died an accidental death. She’s looking for something fairly short (under 10 lines), modern, nothing too literary, and something that celebrates the immortality of family love. I’ve looked on previous Ask MeFi posts, but most of the poems I see there are unsuitable for various reasons. She doesn’t want anything tailored to a funeral; she would like to send this poem directly to the family for them to reread in the coming months (perhaps put on a fridge to turn to for comfort).
First time dog owner here: How do I deal with the fact that my dog will die (eventually)? [more inside]
Funeral Question: So my grandmother died. The wake is on Thursday and the funeral is on Friday. I've never been to a funeral before and not any Catholic services before. What's expected of me? What can do to help? Or at least not make things worse? [more inside]
Explaining near future pet death to a 2-year-old. Help please. [more inside]
we feel sad for people who died a decade before, or maybe even a century ago, but we do not feel anything for the people who died in ten centuries ago? is there any specific term for it?
I hit a dog with my car and I feel terrible. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
Calling all Roman Catholics, Nuns, and Priests! Help me incorporate the Rosary into a Funeral Service for my best friend! (kinda long) [more inside]
Coworker's relative passed away. Our small office would like to start a collection for coworker. What are the rules here? What's appropriate as far as amounts? Any suggestions? [more inside]
Is the "angel of death" hallucination a real medical phenomenon? [more inside]
My maternal grandmother passed away 5 months ago and my uncle has taken charge of handling her inheritance with her lawyer. He hasn't given any updates or information on how the process is going since his initial email 5 months ago, in which he told me that my grandmother had passed and that I would receive inheritance. How can I ask him to hurry up? [more inside]
Need financial/legal info about buying a house with someone else. I know YANML and YANMA but wanted starting points, advice, and any stories from people who have been through this. [more inside]
So we are in an icky situation involving a friend dying of AIDS. Advice? [more inside]
I just found out that a coworker lost her daughter today in an accident. What on earth do I say to her when I see her later this week? [more inside]
How can I help my wife deal with the death of a loved one? I am an atheist and I find it hard. [more inside]
How can I survive my mother's death? [more inside]
I'm terrified at the thought of dying and don't know what to do. I am not actually dying or sick in any way but sometimes I can't stop worrying about it. How can I stop, or feel better about it? [more inside]
What are some out of copyright children's books with touching death scenes? [more inside]
Can you help me find the title of a novel (probably Young Adult) I read sometime between 1979 and 1981? [more inside]
Two questions. How do I write a last will and testament when it involves those I know across the internet? And, how do I ensure that certain...eccentric requests involving my funeral and/or body be carried out? [more inside]
Help me recall the name of this book: it's some kind of old textbook-type book, I think, maybe it's about stratigraphy or biology or something. At any rate, there is a famous chapter that is a near-total diversion: a contemplation of death, right in the middle. Ring any bells?
How can I show my boyfriend my love/support on our 5th anniversary - only a couple days after his father's death?
How can I show my boyfriend my love/support on our 5th anniversary - only a couple days after his father's death? [more inside]
ForAStoryFilter: how to best kill someone by CDI! [more inside]
I rented a lake house vacation home for my family this summer, and found out a few weeks ago that the owner of the house has died. What should I expect to happen? Details below. [more inside]
My friend's mom died - I want to have pre-made meals delivered to his house TODAY. How? [more inside]
I'm looking for myths, stories, or actual histories of female seductresses who sexually lure men (or women) to them for malevolent purposes. [more inside]
How do you console someone without being to pushy or at the other extreme too aloof? Especially with a new partner that you don't know too well. [more inside]
Is there a way to find out the percentage of emails that are to dead people? [more inside]
How do police and other first responders identify next of kin or other contacts during a death or emergency?
How do police and other first responders identify next of kin or other contacts during a death or emergency? [more inside]
How do I reconcile my interests and passions with creativity and human sexuality, in the face of death, grief, and tragedy? Are there any thoughtful heartfelt resources from those who have talked about the two? [more inside]
My friend's dad just passed away. How can I help him? What can I do? I live couple thousand miles away from where he is. Can you give me some suggestions? Is it bad if I start compiling list of government agencies or funeral homes for them to call? What else I can do?
Two PCs have died in our house over that past month. Both were old(ish) and neither was much-loved, so no tragedies (we back them up). I've already replaced one (a 7 year old Dell Dimension 8400) and will eventually replace the other -- a Mac mini. Here's my question: any idea why both would suffer similar deaths? In both cases, they seem to boot up, show the first stage of loading their respective OS, then cycle straight into a non-responsive screen with only a tiny square of light (ala the Matrix). Both machines have surge protectors and the PC had a profusion of anti-whatnot software. Any ideas?
What is it like to be a hospice volunteer? [more inside]
My sister-in-law is probably dying from metastatic breast cancer. I live about 1500 miles from them and I can't afford to go there, both from the cost of travel and the time off from work being uncompensated. How do I handle this situation when the terrible moment arrives? [more inside]
Should I give my ex a portion of my cat's ashes? [more inside]
Dad is on life support. He has no advance directive/living will. How do we make end-of-life decisions when none of us are capable of thinking clearly? [more inside]
Why am I so grief stricken? [more inside]
Philosophical approaches to death and dying. I am prepping a college course; looking for great readings on philosophical questions about death, but also: world religious/cultural traditions about dying/funerals/mourning/afterlife, how people in death-related jobs see their work (undertakers, hospice workers, doctors, chaplains, military/police...), writings of people who have terminal illnesses, psychological research on preparation for dying, etc. [more inside]
How fast would a water balloon have to be going to kill you? Assume it hits you in the head or chest.
Any thoughts about talking with young children about death? [more inside]
How often do people die in hotels? [more inside]
More american soldiers participating in the Vietnam war have died from suicide than from war related deaths - True or false? Please supply source.
While reading about how people tend to care less about deaths that do not directly impact them, I came across a quote that I'm hoping someone here would recognize. I can only remember the basic idea of the quote. It is presented to a European audience, I think sometimes in the last century or two, but not in our recent era, as follows: If all of China were swallowed up whole, Europeans would go on with life without much change. This is all I can remember.
My mother-in-law's lung and lymph cancer is spreading. Outlook is not good. I would love some ideas to cheer her up or show solidarity. I would also like resources for when the inevitable comes and I have to explain to my three-year-old why he won't ever see his grandmother again. [more inside]