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Do Not Die Here

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Obit Magazine
September 9, 2008

If you plan to expire, avoid these States.

I know, I know. Right now you’re thinking to yourself, What kind of ridiculous headline is that? How am I supposed to control where I’m going to die? It could happen anywhere, at any time.

Believe me, that is no way to plan your future. Every year Americans spend between $11 to $15 billion on funerals.  In such a fun-scarce market, why should you want to be the top spender? After all, big lavish send-off or puny farewell, the end results are pretty much the same. And no matter how sumptuous the satin-lined coffin, the guest of honor never really gets to enjoy it.

A smart, which is to say frugal, funeral consumer understands that in order to leave a little something behind for the heirs, it helps to plan your death, right down to the most vital detail: namely, the state in which you would prefer to expire. Here’s why:

Read the full article in Obit Magazine


Teens Want Voice in End-of-Life Decisions

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MedLinePlus (Health Day News)
Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New guide helps seriously ill teens and young adults talk about their needs.

Teens and young adults who are seriously ill should have a chance to be involved in end-of-life decisions, and a new planning guide -- developed especially for this age group -- can help, researchers say.

"It's OK to raise these issues and open up communication," said Lori Wiener, director of the pediatric psychosocial support and research program at the U.S. National Cancer Institute and lead author of a study that helped develop the new guide.

"Adolescents and young adults often stay silent and secret because they don't want to share their fears -- because they don't want to upset their parents. And parents don't bring up end-of-life issues for the same reasons," she explained.

But, for teens, Wiener said, "people really do want to know what you think and what you feel and what your choices will be. Those choices will be different for different folks, but find a way to have your voice heard."

Read the full atory at MedLinePlus (Health Day News)

Thanks to the HVCC Mortuary Science Alumni & Student Assoc for alerting us to this article.


Forensic Anthropology Research Facility

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Community Impact Newspaper
October 18, 2012

Donors’ bodies aid researchers, law enforcement agencies

When Daniel Wescott dies, that won’t be the end of his story.

Wescott, director of the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State, signed up to become a body donor for the original “body farm” at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

“Even in their death, donors are able to significantly contribute to society and add to the education of students and to helping solve crime,” Wescott said. “Their bodies will be used for generations to come as well.”

Read the full article at Community Impact Newspaper

Thanks to the DeathCare Discussion List for alerting us to this article.


Monsters Versus Sexy Nurses

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The New York Times
October 28, 2012

In her essay in The Times, the author Bess Lovejoy argues that ignoring death “allows us to imagine that our mortal trivialities and anxieties are permanent.” Some of those trivialities and anxieties can be found in our cheeky Halloween costumes, which increasingly seem to be about showing taut and toned skin, rather than it decomposing.

Are we replacing zombie looks with sexy maid and witty high-concept constructs to avoid reminders of death? Or is it time to forget the otherworldly origins of Halloween and just have fun?

Read the full article in The New York Times


The Bright Side of Death

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Apr. 30, 2012

Awareness of mortality can result in positive behaviors

Contemplating death doesn't necessarily lead to morose despondency, fear, aggression or other negative behaviors, as previous research has suggested. Following a review of dozens of studies, University of Missouri researchers found that thoughts of mortality can lead to decreased militaristic attitudes, better health decisions, increased altruism and helpfulness, and reduced divorce rates.

Read the full article in ScienceDaily


How Thinking About Death Can Lead to a Good Life (Society for Personality and Social Psychology)


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