What do zoos do with large animals that die? I heard about a giraffe at the Santa Barbara zoo that died and it got me to wondering about what they'd do with the body. I'm guessing they wouldn't just feed it to predator animals (even though that seems kind of efficient and circle of lifeish) so do they bury them, burn them, stuff them?
looking for recommendations on thrash/death metal albums. [more inside]
Our dog died at the vets office after surgery, is it reasonable for us to ask for a refund? [more inside]
How common is it for someone to make a devastating deathbed declaration, like "I never really loved you," or "I'm not really your father?"
A classmate of mine has passed away following a horrifying accident, leaving behind a wife and infant daughter. What sort of gesture would it be appropriate for my classmates and I to make, if any, to show our appreciation for this person and to let his family know that we're thinking of them during this difficult time?
So my grandfather is really sick and I haven't seen him in four years. Up until I turned eleven or twelve, our relationship was great. After that, not so much. Long, sorry. [more inside]
Both of my wife's parents died. Her dad first in January, now her mom in September. My wife is the oldest child. No will was left. What do we do? [more inside]
I'm helping a friend dispose of a relative's estate. She left a lot of stuff to move out of the house. We're not sure how best to do this. [more inside]
Death, mourning, family, and holidays: How to prepare for the holidays in a post-Dad world? [more inside]
My mother is dying. How can I forgive myself for the guilt of leaving her bedside? [more inside]
Which books help me get into the psyche of war criminals, suicide bombers, etc? [more inside]
DeathFilter: How can I make my arms, chest, and neck look paler without getting white stuff everywhere? [more inside]
There is a half-dead mouse in my room. Instruct me on what to do as if I were a little child. [more inside]
If person A leaves something of value to person B in their will, with the stipulation that it be left to person C if B should predecease A, what happens if A & B die semi-simultaneously [say both are in the same car accident] and it can't be determined who died first? [more inside]
I'm toying with an idea for a short story or maybe a long story or maybe no story, but the idea has led me to a point where I have a question for those of you who have some knowledge about science and biology. Read on, brave adventurer! [more inside]
How do I write a thank-you card to a sister-in-law who is dying? [more inside]
Safe to eat raw refrozen meats that've been defrosted several times? [more inside]
[FearFilter]: 15 years ago I experienced an imminent death/serious injury moment that turned out ok. However, I still feel physical chills and tingly feelings even thinking about it. Am I the only one or is this common? Thoughts and stories appreciated. The science is a huge bonus. [more inside]
Our somewhat estranged neighbors just lost their 19 y/o son in a tragic accident. How do we communicate our sympathies? [more inside]
Facing death: I have received a medical estimate of dying within a year, but this is known only to me (within my circle of family and friends, including my wife). I am so lost as to how to break the news in a caring, non-stressful way. [more inside]
What are some good official sources for post-catastrophe, post-accident, or post-emergency reporting? [more inside]
I seek a tome of knowledge pertaining to the Bard of Avalon, one William Shakespeare hight by name. To meet my wishes, it is meet said tome contains a listing of all personae dramatica in each play who meet their end, timely or no. Doth such a book exist? [more inside]
At what age does a child realize his or her mortality? [more inside]
Is there a society for people who have died and lived to tell the tale? [more inside]
How did William H. Seldon, Jr. die? [more inside]
FictionFilter! I can't believe I'm asking this, but.. here goes: What could you put in an urn that would be mistaken for the ashes of a loved one? Oh god, that looks even worse now that I've actually typed it! Luckily, it's only for a story I'm writing. [more inside]
What is this story about someone literally scared to death? [more inside]
My grandmother died this morning. I'm going home to help out the family, but I would like to make a list of things I might not remember before I leave so that we don't forget anything. [more inside]
I have two friends; their parents are (separately) dying. How to help? Neither are in U.S./U.K./CAN.
I would like to help my friends, if I can; two of them are individually dealing with incredibly stressful and sad health-related situations related to their parents. [more inside]
What happens when police find dead people? [more inside]
How can one safely convince a teeming mass of bees to vacate a crack in the exterior wall of a brick building, so that the crack can be filled in? [more inside]
I've recently learned that someone I used to know from when we were both much younger, has died. I knew him only in the context of church and we'd pal around on those Sundays, but we hadn't spoken in years. It's been suggested to me, by my parents, who still attend the church (I don't), that I might play some music at the wake, since I'm a violinist. But it seems to me this might be inappropriate for a few reasons. [more inside]
How scary is blood, really? [more inside]
My mother has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She has decided to stop treatment as chemotherapy is not working and surgery/radiation is not an option. The oncologist estimates she has about one month left. I have the option of taking FMLA and spending all of my time with her during her last days if I want. But I am not sure that would be the healthiest option for me. My mother says just take a day or two a week and try to live as normal a life as possible. But I feel selfish living my life while she is dying. Any one ever have a similar experience?
how do i prepare for the death of my mother?... for which i am completely, utterly, unprepared.... more inside... [more inside]
What steps do I have to take to ensure I do not inherit anything from my family's estate, even if I'm included in the will? [more inside]
I just found out yesterday that someone that I cared very deeply for died a few years ago from an overdose of heroin. I have a few questions regarding the nature of his death and etiquette surrounding contacting his family. [more inside]
After a murder or sudden death, do the deceased's family members really have to go down to the morgue to "identify the body" or is this just a dramatic construct of movies and television? [more inside]
A friend's father just died, and I will be attending the viewing on Sunday. I don't know what to do about the body. [more inside]
My grandmother's doctor just phone and used the words "Necrotic tissue". I'm now crapping myself. Should I be...? [more inside]
Have you lost a spouse at a very young age? How did you cope? [more inside]
Has there ever been a documented case of death by drowning in yogurt?
I believe an online friend may have died, but I am not sure. I know relatively few details, but I am wondering if there is some sort of obituary or death record search I could use to confirm my suspicion. [more inside]
My (estranged) father just died. I don't know if he left a will. What are my next steps? [more inside]
Seeking stories of men and women who -- either by way of adventure or by circumstance -- succumbed to the elements after a protracted attempt at survival...
I've read and loved the histories of Sir Robert Falcon Scott, James Kim, George Mallory, S. A. Andrée, et cetera, and now I would like to be pointed towards more stories of men and women who -- either by way of adventure or by circumstance -- succumbed to the elements after a protracted attempt at survival... preferably leaving a rich and well-written-about story. [more inside]
Should my 18-month old niece attend my grandmother's funeral? [more inside]
How can I find my dead cat? [more inside]
We've come into a situation where we will need hospice care soon. What hospice do you recommend in the Tulsa, OK area?
Searching for short poetry (or prose?) appropriate to send 2 close friends who have had sudden family deaths shake their foundations. [more inside]
I remember a year ago this strange, japanese video on youtube that featured mega man dying. It was all him dying of the stupidest things, all the ways you can die and some stuff added from the "otaku" scene or whatever. [more inside]