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]
Help me decide what to do about visiting my dying Grandfather. [more inside]
What to give someone for their last birthday? [more inside]
I'd like descriptions or, fiction about, gang and gangster funerals. [more inside]
What were the qualifications for an honorable or dishonorable death in the first century Mediterranean world? [more inside]
Should I buy life insurance now, or when I'm healthier? [more inside]
I need to find out how my father died. It's not possible for me to contact relatives to get this information. Please help. [more inside]
How to delete things from google post death? [more inside]
I want to learn about ancestor worship, particularly as practiced in China and by Buddhists. [more inside]
My friend was killed in a car accident a couple days ago. I'm not coping so well, it seems. How can I rid my brain of involuntary (and horrific) visual images of his death? [more inside]
Our customer's mom died. Is it appropriate to send a card? [more inside]
What do you say to a dying friend? [more inside]
Because of the death of my mother just before finals I have an extension on three essays from one class-- that I've put off the entire summer. Should I brace myself and write them, or do I tell the professor that I just want the last semester to disappear even if I receive an F grade? [more inside]
I can't stop feeling guilty about not being able to visit sick family members or help them more. I'm scared of others dying or being sick. [more inside]
The reality of humanity and mortality. People write blogs about everything. Are there great introspective blogs from psychologists / psychiatrists and first-responder EMTs? This may end up a little depressing, so skip it if you're sensitive. [more inside]
Calling all natural scientists/nature experts. Is life like an arc? Or an arrow? Or something else? Looking for examples from nature to help me ponder the shape of life-and-death. [more inside]
Mixtapefilter: I'm working on a mix with the theme of love songs for dead people. [more inside]
My three-year-old daughter just saw a dead guy. On our way to daycare we discovered a man who had apparently jumped from the top of our apartment building and died. Clearly dead, blue face, blood coming out of ear, but nothing "gory" per se. She only saw him for a second before I turned her away, but it clearly freaked her out a little. I tried to tell her he was just playing, but it's hard to tell what her inner reactions are. I brought her to daycare because I had little choice, and she seemed surprised or confused, like she had seen something she knew was Not Good but had no further understanding of. How can I help her avoid being adversely affected by this?
I'm looking for a particular story/plot device used in Toy Story 3. Minor Toy Story 3 spoiler inside, with references to a few other non-recent films. [more inside]
What songs would Death put on a mix tape? [more inside]
How to prepare a 4.5 year old for his grand father's passing? [more inside]
I want to plans to deal with the eventual death of my pets. They're healthy and happy but I know small animals don't live too long, and I'd like to know what to do before I lose them. [more inside]
Waking up in moving vehicles sends me into existential crises. What? [more inside]
How best can I support my Mom and brother from so far away, other than calling them frequently? How can I stop thinking about the last days of my Dad's life and get over his physical "absence"? [more inside]
A great blue heron landed yesterday in the canal behind my house and is apparently dying. [more inside]
How to you keep your cool when there is a chance that you might die? [more inside]