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How is 'predeceased' evaluated in a will when 2 deaths occur very close together

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]
posted by HiroProtagonist on Oct 13, 2009 - 13 answers

Everybody dies. How do they look?

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]
posted by kbanas on Oct 12, 2009 - 19 answers

How to write to someone who's dying?

How do I write a thank-you card to a sister-in-law who is dying? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Oct 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Get in mah belly, belly

Safe to eat raw refrozen meats that've been defrosted several times? [more inside]
posted by chalbe on Sep 28, 2009 - 5 answers

A ladder left behind

[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]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Sep 28, 2009 - 19 answers

How to express condolences with estranged neighbor?

Our somewhat estranged neighbors just lost their 19 y/o son in a tragic accident. How do we communicate our sympathies? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Sep 12, 2009 - 28 answers

Facing Death: Breaking the News

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]
posted by potato on Sep 7, 2009 - 37 answers

I want to commune with the dead

What are some good official sources for post-catastrophe, post-accident, or post-emergency reporting? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree on Sep 3, 2009 - 5 answers

Where to find a listing of all the deaths in Shakespeare?

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]
posted by starvingartist on Sep 2, 2009 - 5 answers

When do children develop a sense of their own mortality?

At what age does a child realize his or her mortality? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Aug 27, 2009 - 44 answers

You only live twice...

Is there a society for people who have died and lived to tell the tale? [more inside]
posted by SciencePunk on Aug 27, 2009 - 3 answers

How did he die?

How did William H. Seldon, Jr. die? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Zero on Aug 26, 2009 - 2 answers

Ashes to ashes, except when they're not

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]
posted by 2oh1 on Aug 13, 2009 - 36 answers

Scared to death?

What is this story about someone literally scared to death? [more inside]
posted by ladypants on Aug 12, 2009 - 2 answers

Help me help them now that she's passed on

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]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Aug 12, 2009 - 23 answers

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]
posted by taz on Aug 8, 2009 - 7 answers

What happens when police find dead people?

What happens when police find dead people? [more inside]
posted by bensherman on Aug 3, 2009 - 15 answers

Help me avoid the Darwin Awards shortlist

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]
posted by Beardman on Aug 3, 2009 - 28 answers

Offer music at a wake?

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]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2009 - 10 answers

How scary is blood, really?

How scary is blood, really? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2009 - 29 answers

How to balance work/life with a dying parent?

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?
posted by burlsube on Jul 9, 2009 - 36 answers

How do I prepare for the death of my mother?

how do i prepare for the death of my mother?... for which i am completely, utterly, unprepared.... more inside... [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp on Jul 7, 2009 - 24 answers

Disinherit me, please!

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]
posted by medea42 on Jul 1, 2009 - 17 answers

Did my friend feel any pain when he died?

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]
posted by zerokey on Jun 26, 2009 - 15 answers

If your loved one is murdered, do the police really make you identify the body?

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]
posted by hamsterdam on Jun 26, 2009 - 25 answers

Going to a funeral viewing--what do I do?

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]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Jun 26, 2009 - 24 answers

Necrosis is a scary word

My grandmother's doctor just phone and used the words "Necrotic tissue". I'm now crapping myself. Should I be...? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Jun 23, 2009 - 7 answers

How do you deal with the unexpected death of a spouse?

Have you lost a spouse at a very young age? How did you cope? [more inside]
posted by mrbill on Jun 21, 2009 - 73 answers

Dial M for Acidophilus

Has there ever been a documented case of death by drowning in yogurt?
posted by boots on Jun 18, 2009 - 3 answers

How can I find out if an online friend has died?

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]
posted by liesbyomission on Jun 9, 2009 - 11 answers

Please help me deal with my father's sudden passing.

My (estranged) father just died. I don't know if he left a will. What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by haplesschild on Jun 8, 2009 - 18 answers

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]
posted by cadastral on Jun 5, 2009 - 14 answers

Explaining death and funerals to toddlers

Should my 18-month old niece attend my grandmother's funeral? [more inside]
posted by Lleyam on Jun 4, 2009 - 28 answers

How can I find my dead cat?

How can I find my dead cat? [more inside]
posted by the_arbiter on Jun 3, 2009 - 22 answers

Which hospice?

We've come into a situation where we will need hospice care soon. What hospice do you recommend in the Tulsa, OK area?
posted by drleary on May 25, 2009 - 3 answers

Comforting words for close friends.

Searching for short poetry (or prose?) appropriate to send 2 close friends who have had sudden family deaths shake their foundations. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on May 20, 2009 - 19 answers

That weird mega man dying video on youtube

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]
posted by PowerCat on May 20, 2009 - 5 answers

Meet you at the cemetry gates

How can I best prepare for death or, I guess, the process of dying? [more inside]
posted by milarepa on May 15, 2009 - 39 answers

Can you help me find an explanation for the black spots on my mother-in-law's eyes as she neared death?

What might have caused black spots to form and grow on my mother-in-law's eyes as she was dying from pancreatic cancer and the inevitable infections that go along with cancer and its treatment? I'm hoping someone with a similar experience or someone in the medical field might be able to tell us something that the doctors here couldn't. [more inside]
posted by ElDiabloConQueso on May 14, 2009 - 4 answers

Should I shade my friend's death?

A seemingly clean-cut friend died last week, evidently from alcoholism-related causes. Should I tell everyone what happened? [more inside]
posted by rhizome on May 12, 2009 - 25 answers

What do I need to know about coffin building before I start?

What do I need to know to become a coffin builder? Are there regulations I have to follow? How should I sell them? How much should they cost? [more inside]
posted by davey_darling on May 7, 2009 - 20 answers

Does someone with a dying relative better understand what someone who has lost a relative is going through?

Does someone with a dying relative better understand what someone who has lost a relative is going through? Explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2009 - 12 answers

Crudelius est quam mori semper timere mortem

Say one wanted to have their skeleton preserved and mounted and left to your next of kin after death how would you do it? -rather gruesome details inside - [more inside]
posted by strixus on Apr 30, 2009 - 19 answers

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach, then up, using sharpened shishkabob spears.

Help me weaponize food. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Apr 30, 2009 - 66 answers

births, deaths and time

Are global birth and death rates roughly consistent over the course of a day/month/year? (Are there are any clear patterns of daily or seasonal spikes?) [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Apr 30, 2009 - 5 answers

Ready to jump off a klif.sys....

I'm getting a Blue Screen of Death on startup (Windows XP Pro) which says that the "problem" (whatever it may be) is being caused by a file called klif.sys. Googling around indicates it's a Kaspersky file, and I do indeed have their anti-virus software installed on my system. But I haven't found any solutions, and I can't get past this BSOD. Is there any hope for me? (More details inside.) [more inside]
posted by DavidNYC on Apr 22, 2009 - 17 answers

Dying relative - what to say?

My uncle has one week to live. I'm visiting him tomorrow. What am I supposed to say? What am I supposed to do?
posted by jennyhead on Apr 21, 2009 - 19 answers

Estate tax accountant, Estate lawyer or both...or WHAT!? Help!

Estate tax returns in NC. Is this done by an accountant or an Estate Attorney? [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Apr 2, 2009 - 8 answers

In lieu of flowers...

In the past few months, both parents of my Japanese-American (by way of Hawaii) coworker have passed away. What gift/donation might be appropriate and have special significance to her? [more inside]
posted by acorn1515 on Mar 24, 2009 - 7 answers

I feel like I've been hit by a Mac truck.

Coming-of-age Filter: My world is coming crashing down. Is this a sign? Should I just soldier on? How? Trying to be a rock-em sock-em robot and get back on the horse. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by big open mouth on Mar 11, 2009 - 37 answers

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