5 moving, beautiful essays about death and dying

by Sarah Kliff

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It is never easy to contemplate the end-of-life, whether its own our experience or that of a loved one.

This has made a recent swath of beautiful essays a surprise. In different publications over the past few weeks, I've stumbled upon writers who were contemplating final days. These are, no doubt, hard stories to read. I had to take breaks as I read about Paul Kalanithi's experience facing metastatic lung cancer while parenting a toddler, and was devastated as I followed Liz Lopatto's contemplations on how to give her ailing cat the best death possible. But I also learned so much from reading these essays, too, about what it means to have a good death versus a difficult endfrom those forced to grapple with the issue. These are four stories that have stood out to me recently, alongside one essay from a few years ago that sticks with me today.

My Own Life | Oliver Sacks

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As recently as last month, popular author and neurologist Oliver Sacks was in great health, even swimming a mile every day. Then, everything changed: the 81-year-old was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. In a beautiful op-ed , published in late February in the New York Times, he describes his state of mind and how he'll face his final moments. What I liked about this essay is how Sacks describes how his world view shifts as he sees his time on earth getting shorter, and how he thinks about the value of his time.

Before I go | Paul Kalanithi

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Kalanthi began noticing symptoms — "weight loss, fevers, night sweats, unremitting back pain, cough" — during his sixth year of residency as a neurologist at Stanford. A CT scan revealed metastatic lung cancer. Kalanthi writes about his daughter, Cady and how he "probably won't live long enough for her to have a memory of me." Much of his essay focuses on an interesting discussion of time, how it's become a double-edged sword. Each day, he sees his daughter grow older, a joy. But every day is also one that brings him closer to his likely death from cancer.

As I lay dying | Laurie Becklund

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Becklund's essay was published posthumonously after her death on February 8 of this year. One of the unique issues she grapples with is how to discuss her terminal diagnosis with others and the challenge of not becoming defined by a disease. "Who would ever sign another book contract with a dying woman?" she writes. "Or remember Laurie Becklund, valedictorian, Fulbright scholar, former Times staff writer who exposed the Salvadoran death squads and helped The Times win a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots? More important, and more honest, who would ever again look at me just as Laurie?"

Everything I know about a good death I learned from my cat | Liz Lopatto

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Dorothy Parker was Lopatto's cat, a stray adopted from a local vet. And Dorothy Parker, known mostly as Dottie, died peacefullywhen she passed away earlier this month. Lopatto's essay is, in part, about what she learned about end-of-life care for humans from her cat. But perhaps more than that, it's also about the limitations of how much her experience caring for a pet can transfer to caring for another person.

Yes, Lopatto's essay is about a cat rather than a human being. No, it does not make it any easier to read. She describes in searing detail about the experience of caring for another being at the end of life. "Dottie used to weigh almost 20 pounds; she now weighs six," Lopatto writes. "My vet is right about Dottie being close to death, that it’s probably a matter of weeks rather than months."

Letting Go | Atul Gawande

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"Letting Go" is a beautiful, difficult true story of death. You know from the very first sentence — "Sara Thomas Monopoli was pregnant with her first child when her doctors learned that she was going to die" — that it is going to be tragic. This story has long been one of my favorite pieces of health care journalism because it grapples so starkly with the difficult realities of end-of-life care.

In the story, Monopoli is diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, a surprise for a non-smoking young woman. It's a devastating death sentence: doctors know that lung cancer that advanced is terminal. Gawande knew this too — Monpoli was his patient. But actually discussing this fact with a young patient with a newborn baby seemed impossible.

"Having any sort of discussion where you begin to say, 'look you probably only have a few months to live. How do we make the best of that time without giving up on the options that you have?' That was a conversation I wasn't ready to have," Gawande recounts of the case in a new Frontline documentary .

What's tragic about Monopoli's case was, of course, her death at an early age, in her 30s. But the tragedy that Gawande hones in on — the type of tragedy we talk about much less — is how terribly Monopoli's last days played out.

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8 Popular Essays About Death, Grief & the Afterlife

Updated 05/4/2022

Published 07/19/2021

Joe Oliveto, BA in English

Joe Oliveto, BA in English

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Discover some of the most widely read and most meaningful articles about death, from dealing with grief to near-death experiences.

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Death is a strange topic for many reasons, one of which is the simple fact that different people can have vastly different opinions about discussing it.

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Essays or articles about the death of a loved one, essays or articles about dealing with grief, essays or articles about the afterlife or near-death experiences.

Some fear death so greatly they don’t want to talk about it at all. However, because death is a universal human experience, there are also those who believe firmly in addressing it directly. This may be more common now than ever before due to the rise of the death positive movement and mindset.

You might believe there’s something to be gained from talking and learning about death. If so, reading essays about death, grief, and even near-death experiences can potentially help you begin addressing your own death anxiety. This list of essays and articles is a good place to start. The essays here cover losing a loved one, dealing with grief, near-death experiences, and even what someone goes through when they know they’re dying.

Losing a close loved one is never an easy experience. However, these essays on the topic can help someone find some meaning or peace in their grief.

1. ‘I’m Sorry I Didn’t Respond to Your Email, My Husband Coughed to Death Two Years Ago’ by Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward’s essay about coping with the death of her husband isn’t like many essays about death. It’s very informal, packed with sarcastic humor, and uses an FAQ format. However, it earns a spot on this list due to the powerful way it describes the process of slowly finding joy in life again after losing a close loved one.

Ward’s experience is also interesting because in the years after her husband’s death, many new people came into her life unaware that she was a widow. Thus, she often had to tell these new people a story that’s painful but unavoidable. This is a common aspect of losing a loved one that not many discussions address.

2. ‘Everything I know about a good death I learned from my cat’ by Elizabeth Lopatto

Not all great essays about death need to be about human deaths! In this essay, author Elizabeth Lopatto explains how watching her beloved cat slowly die of leukemia and coordinating with her vet throughout the process helped her better understand what a “good death” looks like.

For instance, she explains how her vet provided a degree of treatment but never gave her false hope (for instance, by claiming her cat was going to beat her illness). They also worked together to make sure her cat was as comfortable as possible during the last stages of her life instead of prolonging her suffering with unnecessary treatments.

Lopatto compares this to the experiences of many people near death. Sometimes they struggle with knowing how to accept death because well-meaning doctors have given them the impression that more treatments may prolong or even save their lives, when the likelihood of them being effective is slimmer than patients may realize.

Instead, Lopatto argues that it’s important for loved ones and doctors to have honest and open conversations about death when someone’s passing is likely near. This can make it easier to prioritize their final wishes instead of filling their last days with hospital visits, uncomfortable treatments, and limited opportunities to enjoy themselves.

3. ‘The terrorist inside my husband’s brain’ by Susan Schneider Williams

This article, which Susan Schneider Williams wrote after the death of her husband Robin Willians, covers many of the topics that numerous essays about the death of a loved one cover, such as coping with life when you no longer have support from someone who offered so much of it. 

However, it discusses living with someone coping with a difficult illness that you don’t fully understand, as well. The article also explains that the best way to honor loved ones who pass away after a long struggle is to work towards better understanding the illnesses that affected them. 

4. ‘Before I Go’ by Paul Kalanithi

“Before I Go” is a unique essay in that it’s about the death of a loved one, written by the dying loved one. Its author, Paul Kalanithi, writes about how a terminal cancer diagnosis has changed the meaning of time for him.

Kalanithi describes believing he will die when his daughter is so young that she will likely never have any memories of him. As such, each new day brings mixed feelings. On the one hand, each day gives him a new opportunity to see his daughter grow, which brings him joy. On the other hand, he must struggle with knowing that every new day brings him closer to the day when he’ll have to leave her life.

Coping with grief can be immensely challenging. That said, as the stories in these essays illustrate, it is possible to manage grief in a positive and optimistic way.

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This piece by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s current CEO, isn’t a traditional essay or article. It’s actually a long Facebook post. However, many find it’s one of the best essays about death and grief anyone has published in recent years.

She posted it on the last day of sheloshim for her husband, a period of 30 days involving intense mourning in Judaism. In the post, Sandberg describes in very honest terms how much she learned from those 30 days of mourning, admitting that she sometimes still experiences hopelessness, but has resolved to move forward in life productively and with dignity.

She explains how she wanted her life to be “Option A,” the one she had planned with her husband. However, because that’s no longer an option, she’s decided the best way to honor her husband’s memory is to do her absolute best with “Option B.”

This metaphor actually became the title of her next book. Option B , which Sandberg co-authored with Adam Grant, a psychologist at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is already one of the most beloved books about death , grief, and being resilient in the face of major life changes. It may strongly appeal to anyone who also appreciates essays about death as well.

6. ‘My Own Life’ by Oliver Sacks

Grief doesn’t merely involve grieving those we’ve lost. It can take the form of the grief someone feels when they know they’re going to die.

Renowned physician and author Oliver Sacks learned he had terminal cancer in 2015. In this essay, he openly admits that he fears his death. However, he also describes how knowing he is going to die soon provides a sense of clarity about what matters most. Instead of wallowing in his grief and fear, he writes about planning to make the very most of the limited time he still has.

Belief in (or at least hope for) an afterlife has been common throughout humanity for decades. Additionally, some people who have been clinically dead report actually having gone to the afterlife and experiencing it themselves.

Whether you want the comfort that comes from learning that the afterlife may indeed exist, or you simply find the topic of near-death experiences interesting, these are a couple of short articles worth checking out.

7. ‘My Experience in a Coma’ by Eben Alexander

“My Experience in a Coma” is a shortened version of the narrative Dr. Eben Alexander shared in his book, Proof of Heaven . Alexander’s near-death experience is unique, as he’s a medical doctor who believes that his experience is (as the name of his book suggests) proof that an afterlife exists. He explains how at the time he had this experience, he was clinically braindead, and therefore should not have been able to consciously experience anything.

Alexander describes the afterlife in much the same way many others who’ve had near-death experiences describe it. He describes starting out in an “unresponsive realm” before a spinning white light that brought with it a musical melody transported him to a valley of abundant plant life, crystal pools, and angelic choirs. He states he continued to move from one realm to another, each realm higher than the last, before reaching the realm where the infinite love of God (which he says is not the “god” of any particular religion) overwhelmed him.

8. “One Man's Tale of Dying—And Then Waking Up” by Paul Perry

The author of this essay recounts what he considers to be one of the strongest near-death experience stories he’s heard out of the many he’s researched and written about over the years. The story involves Dr. Rajiv Parti, who claims his near-death experience changed his views on life dramatically.

Parti was highly materialistic before his near-death experience. During it, he claims to have been given a new perspective, realizing that life is about more than what his wealth can purchase. He returned from the experience with a permanently changed outlook.

This is common among those who claim to have had near-death experiences. Often, these experiences leave them kinder, more understanding, more spiritual, and less materialistic.

This short article is a basic introduction to Parti’s story. He describes it himself in greater detail in the book Dying to Wake Up , which he co-wrote with Paul Perry, the author of the article.

Essays About Death: Discussing a Difficult Topic

It’s completely natural and understandable to have reservations about discussing death. However, because death is unavoidable, talking about it and reading essays and books about death instead of avoiding the topic altogether is something that benefits many people. Sometimes, the only way to cope with something frightening is to address it.

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Death includes mixed emotions and endless possibilities. If you are writing essays about death , see our examples and prompts in this article .

Over 50 million people die yearly from different causes worldwide. It’s a fact we must face when the time comes. Although the subject has plenty of dire connotations, many are still fascinated by death, enough so that literary pieces about it never cease. Every author has a reason why they want to talk about death. Most use it to put their grievances on paper to help them heal from losing a loved one. Some find writing and reading about death moving, transformative, or cathartic.

To help you write a compelling essay about death, we prepared five examples to spark your imagination:

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1. Essay on Death Penalty by Aliva Manjari

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“The death penalty is no doubt unconstitutional if imposed arbitrarily, capriciously, unreasonably, discriminatorily, freakishly or wantonly, but if it is administered rationally, objectively and judiciously, it will enhance people’s confidence in criminal justice system.”

Manjari’s essay considers the death penalty as against the modern process of treating lawbreakers, where offenders have the chance to reform or defend themselves. Although the author is against the death penalty, she explains it’s not the right time to abolish it. Doing so will jeopardize social security. The essay also incorporates other relevant information, such as the countries that still have the death penalty and how they are gradually revising and looking for alternatives.

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“How a person copes with grief is affected by the person’s cultural and religious background, coping skills, mental history, support systems, and the person’s social and financial status.”

Cameron defines coping and grief through sharing his personal experience. He remembers how their family and close friends went through various stages of coping when his Aunt Ann died during heart surgery. Later in his story, he mentions Ann’s last note, which she wrote before her surgery, in case something terrible happens. This note brought their family together again through shared tears and laughter. You can also check out these articles about cancer .

“Luckily or tragically, we are completely sentenced to death. But there is an interesting thing; we don’t have the knowledge of how the inevitable will strike to have a conversation.”

Prasanna states the obvious – all people die, but no one knows when. She also discusses the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Research also shows that when people die, the brain either shows a flashback of life or sees a ray of light.

Even if someone can predict the day of their death, it won’t change how the people who love them will react. Some will cry or be numb, but in the end, everyone will have to accept the inevitable. The essay ends with the philosophical belief that the soul never dies and is reborn in a new identity and body. You can also check out these elegy examples .

“People have busy lives, and don’t think of their own death, however, the speaker admits that she was willing to put aside her distractions and go with death. She seemed to find it pretty charming.”

The author focuses on how Emily Dickinson ’s “ Because I Could Not Stop for Death ” describes death. In the poem, the author portrays death as a gentle, handsome, and neat man who picks up a woman with a carriage to take her to the grave. The essay expounds on how Dickinson uses personification and imagery to illustrate death.

“The death of a loved one is one of the hardest things an individual can bring themselves to talk about; however, I will never forget that day in the chapter of my life, as while one story continued another’s ended.”

The essay delve’s into the author’s recollection of their grandmother’s passing. They recount the things engrained in their mind from that day –  their sister’s loud cries, the pounding and sinking of their heart, and the first time they saw their father cry. 

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9 Easy Writing Prompts on Essays About Death

Are you still struggling to choose a topic for your essay? Here are prompts you can use for your paper:

Your imagination is the limit when you pick this prompt for your essay. Because no one can confirm what happens to people after death, you can create an essay describing what kind of world exists after death. For instance, you can imagine yourself as a ghost that lingers on the Earth for a bit. Then, you can go to whichever place you desire and visit anyone you wish to say proper goodbyes to first before crossing to the afterlife.

Essays about death: Death rituals and ceremonies

Every country, religion, and culture has ways of honoring the dead. Choose a tribe, religion, or place, and discuss their death rituals and traditions regarding wakes and funerals. Include the reasons behind these activities. Conclude your essay with an opinion on these rituals and ceremonies but don’t forget to be respectful of everyone’s beliefs. 

Smoking is still one of the most prevalent bad habits since tobacco’s creation in 1531 . Discuss your thoughts on individuals who believe there’s nothing wrong with this habit and inadvertently pass secondhand smoke to others. Include how to avoid chain-smokers and if we should let people kill themselves through excessive smoking. Add statistics and research to support your claims.

Collate people’s comments when they find out their death is near. Do this through interviews, and let your respondents list down what they’ll do first after hearing the simulated news. Then, add their reactions to your essay.

There is no proper way of grieving. People grieve in their way. Briefly discuss death and grieving at the start of your essay. Then, narrate a personal experience you’ve had with grieving to make your essay more relatable. Or you can compare how different people grieve. To give you an idea, you can mention that your father’s way of grieving is drowning himself in work while your mom openly cries and talk about her memories of the loved one who just passed away. 

Explain how people suffering from mental illnesses view death. Then, measure it against how ordinary people see the end. Include research showing death rates caused by mental illnesses to prove your point. To make organizing information about the topic more manageable, you can also focus on one mental illness and relate it to death.

Check out our guide on  how to write essays about depression .

Sometimes, seriously ill people say they are no longer afraid of death. For others, losing a loved one is even more terrifying than death itself. Share what you think of death and include factors that affected your perception of it.

People with incurable diseases are often ready to face death. For this prompt, write about individuals who faced their terminal illnesses head-on and didn’t let it define how they lived their lives. You can also review literary pieces that show these brave souls’ struggle and triumph. A great series to watch is “ My Last Days .”

You might also be interested in these epitaph examples .

No one knows how they’ll leave this world, but if you have the chance to choose how you part with your loved ones, what will it be? Probe into this imagined situation. For example, you can write: “I want to die at an old age, surrounded by family and friends who love me. I hope it’ll be a peaceful death after I’ve done everything I wanted in life.”

To make your essay more intriguing, put unexpected events in it. Check out these plot twist ideas .

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Essay about Death:  We shall all die. I am trying not to be prophetically catastrophic or something in my passing exposition; it is basically an articulation of truth. Each living will die over the long haul.

There is plenty of conceivable outcomes to delay demise. A man may live twenty years or a hundred years; however, no man can live, for instance, 200 years. Hence, passing is predictable for us all, and there is no way around it.

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Long and Short Essays on Death for Students and Kids in English

We provide students with essay samples on a long essay of 500 words and a short essay of 150 words on the topic of death for reference.

Long Essay on Death 500 Words in English

Long Essay on Death is usually given to classes 7, 8, 9, and 10.

We are largely mindful of death, and we know it will come to us, every one of us. To a significant number of us passing cuts a chill down our spine ridden with dread, however to others it is ridden with quality and fulfilment of achievement. Luckily or tragically, we are completely sentenced to death. But there is an interesting thing; we don’t have the knowledge of how the inevitable will strike to have a conversation. Not just how we don’t even have a clue on where and when it will happen. We just know this is inescapable.

The most ordinarily showed system for understanding the way toward lamenting and getting ready for death is the DABDA model. It states that that person who is dying will progress through five stages. The stages are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and pain, and acceptance. The DABDA stages are based on a theory of a Swiss psychologist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Researchers of the University of Michigan founded that, It is true that the brain is capable of acting for some time after we die. In that time brain shows a flashback of life in a dramatic scene to the person. But it differs man to man. Some people see a ray of light. Some people see a spiritual scene. That is controversial over the world.

Actually, we are all afraid of the loss of life for a proper reason, for it helps us continue to be alive. Who knows, perhaps if we weren’t afraid to die, we would be all too keen to do it in case of little problems like that.

We know death is a predictable thing, but still, when your loved one passes away, you will be broken naturally. In that time, the person needs to cry out loud to express the misery. We need to gather support to cop up the situation. We can feel good remembering the good cherished memories. And in the end, we have to embrace the present situation of life. Otherwise, life will be difficult to lead.

From a survey of 2017, we state that around 150,000 people die per day worldwide. Most of them know they are at the end of their lives. But here I want to share a myth about death. The myth I want to introduce, actually is not a myth. You can say it’s empathy or condolence for that person. The myth says positive thoughts can delay nearly came death. But It doesn’t affect. The development of explicit feelings doesn’t change the way that demise is a natural cycle, achieved by a mishap, or sickness measures that have arrived at a final turning point.

Our worldwide philosophy and religious views help us to lead a good life. That all philosophical facts of life start with Karma. And It stays with the soul afterlife. Philosophy says a soul never dies and takes birth with a new body and identity. We couldn’t find any logical fact about death, afterlife. But we can state that death is an entire genre of mystery.

Short Essay on Death 150 Words in English

Short Essay on Death is usually given to classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Everyone dies one day: is a popular dialogue of Game of Thrones TV series. And this is true. We know each living will die after the long race.

The most ordinarily showed system for understanding the way toward lamenting and getting ready for death is the DABDA model. It shows five stages of the dying process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and pain and acceptance.

We all know death is inevitable. But when it comes about our loved one, we can’t control ourselves most of the time. But still, we need to embrace our life. And if we can’t cop up, we should have a consultation with a psychologist. Some people are afraid of death. It is called Thanatophobia, and it can be cured with love and faith.

According to Philosophy, Soul doesn’t have any end. And there are many souls which are commonly linked by DNA or any other factors. Sometimes they have the previous memory. And then the process is called transmigration. There are so many transmigration cases all over the world.

We don’t have any proper logic and information about the afterlife, transmigration and death. But after all these discussions we must say that death is a hell of a mystery.

10 Lines on Death Essay in English

1. Death is the permanent cessation of all biological features that sustain a living organism. 2. One of the main obvious indications of death is the point at which the eyes cover over, as liquid and oxygen quit streaming to the corneas. 3. Most of the time, the brain shows a flashback of life to the dying person before dying. 4. Thanatophobia is called as the fear of death. 5. People need to consult a psychologist if the death fear is getting worse. 6. When Thomas Edison died in 1941, Henry Ford captured his dying breath in a bottle. 7. According to philosophy, A soul never dies. 8. If a soul remembers his past life memory, it will be called transmigration. 9. Scientists said the DNA or any factor links all souls of all over the world. 10. Nearly 150,000 people die per day worldwide.

FAQ’s on Death Essay

Question 1. Does Dying hurt?

Answer: Pain is not an expected part of the dying process. In fact, some people experience no pain while dying. If someone’s particular condition does produce any pain, however, it can be managed by prescribed medications.

Question 2. What is the first stage of dying?

Answer: The first stage is shock and denial. This is a state of disbelief and numbed feelings.

Question 3. What happens after death?

Answer: The afterlife is a presence some accept that the basic piece of a person’s character or their continuous flow keeps on having after the passing of their actual body.

Question 4. How many people die each day?

Answer: Nearly 150,000 people die per day worldwide.

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Contemplating Mortality: Powerful Essays on Death and Inspiring Perspectives

The prospect of death may be unsettling, but it also holds a deep fascination for many of us. If you're curious to explore the many facets of mortality, from the scientific to the spiritual, our article is the perfect place to start. With expert guidance and a wealth of inspiration, we'll help you write an essay that engages and enlightens readers on one of life's most enduring mysteries!

Death is a universal human experience that we all must face at some point in our lives. While it can be difficult to contemplate mortality, reflecting on death and loss can offer inspiring perspectives on the nature of life and the importance of living in the present moment. In this collection of powerful essays about death, we explore profound writings that delve into the human experience of coping with death, grief, acceptance, and philosophical reflections on mortality.

Through these essays, readers can gain insight into different perspectives on death and how we can cope with it. From personal accounts of loss to philosophical reflections on the meaning of life, these essays offer a diverse range of perspectives that will inspire and challenge readers to contemplate their mortality.

The Inevitable: Coping with Mortality and Grief

Mortality is a reality that we all have to face, and it is something that we cannot avoid. While we may all wish to live forever, the truth is that we will all eventually pass away. In this article, we will explore different aspects of coping with mortality and grief, including understanding the grieving process, dealing with the fear of death, finding meaning in life, and seeking support.

Understanding the Grieving Process

Grief is a natural and normal response to loss. It is a process that we all go through when we lose someone or something important to us. The grieving process can be different for each person and can take different amounts of time. Some common stages of grief include denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. It is important to remember that there is no right or wrong way to grieve and that it is a personal process.

Denial is often the first stage of grief. It is a natural response to shock and disbelief. During this stage, we may refuse to believe that our loved one has passed away or that we are facing our mortality.

Anger is a common stage of grief. It can manifest as feelings of frustration, resentment, and even rage. It is important to allow yourself to feel angry and to express your emotions healthily.

Bargaining is often the stage of grief where we try to make deals with a higher power or the universe in an attempt to avoid our grief or loss. We may make promises or ask for help in exchange for something else.

Depression is a natural response to loss. It is important to allow yourself to feel sad and to seek support from others.

Acceptance is often the final stage of grief. It is when we come to terms with our loss and begin to move forward with our lives.

Dealing with the Fear of Death

The fear of death is a natural response to the realization of our mortality. It is important to acknowledge and accept our fear of death but also to not let it control our lives. Here are some ways to deal with the fear of death:

Accepting Mortality

Accepting our mortality is an important step in dealing with the fear of death. We must understand that death is a natural part of life and that it is something that we cannot avoid.

Finding Meaning in Life

Finding meaning in life can help us cope with the fear of death. It is important to pursue activities and goals that are meaningful and fulfilling to us.

Seeking Support

Seeking support from friends, family, or a therapist can help us cope with the fear of death. Talking about our fears and feelings can help us process them and move forward.

Finding meaning in life is important in coping with mortality and grief. It can help us find purpose and fulfillment, even in difficult times. Here are some ways to find meaning in life:

Pursuing Passions

Pursuing our passions and interests can help us find meaning and purpose in life. It is important to do things that we enjoy and that give us a sense of accomplishment.

Helping Others

Helping others can give us a sense of purpose and fulfillment. It can also help us feel connected to others and make a positive impact on the world.

Making Connections

Making connections with others is important in finding meaning in life. It is important to build relationships and connections with people who share our values and interests.

Seeking support is crucial when coping with mortality and grief. Here are some ways to seek support:

Talking to Friends and Family

Talking to friends and family members can provide us with a sense of comfort and support. It is important to express our feelings and emotions to those we trust.

Joining a Support Group

Joining a support group can help us connect with others who are going through similar experiences. It can provide us with a safe space to share our feelings and find support.

Seeking Professional Help

Seeking help from a therapist or counselor can help cope with grief and mortality. A mental health professional can provide us with the tools and support we need to process our emotions and move forward.

Coping with mortality and grief is a natural part of life. It is important to understand that grief is a personal process that may take time to work through. Finding meaning in life, dealing with the fear of death, and seeking support are all important ways to cope with mortality and grief. Remember to take care of yourself, allow yourself to feel your emotions, and seek support when needed.

The Ethics of Death: A Philosophical Exploration

Death is an inevitable part of life, and it is something that we will all experience at some point. It is a topic that has fascinated philosophers for centuries, and it continues to be debated to this day. In this article, we will explore the ethics of death from a philosophical perspective, considering questions such as what it means to die, the morality of assisted suicide, and the meaning of life in the face of death.

Death is a topic that elicits a wide range of emotions, from fear and sadness to acceptance and peace. Philosophers have long been interested in exploring the ethical implications of death, and in this article, we will delve into some of the most pressing questions in this field.

What does it mean to die?

The concept of death is a complex one, and there are many different ways to approach it from a philosophical perspective. One question that arises is what it means to die. Is death simply the cessation of bodily functions, or is there something more to it than that? Many philosophers argue that death represents the end of consciousness and the self, which raises questions about the nature of the soul and the afterlife.

The morality of assisted suicide

Assisted suicide is a controversial topic, and it raises several ethical concerns. On the one hand, some argue that individuals have the right to end their own lives if they are suffering from a terminal illness or unbearable pain. On the other hand, others argue that assisting someone in taking their own life is morally wrong and violates the sanctity of life. We will explore these arguments and consider the ethical implications of assisted suicide.

The meaning of life in the face of death

The inevitability of death raises important questions about the meaning of life. If our time on earth is finite, what is the purpose of our existence? Is there a higher meaning to life, or is it simply a product of biological processes? Many philosophers have grappled with these questions, and we will explore some of the most influential theories in this field.

The role of death in shaping our lives

While death is often seen as a negative force, it can also have a positive impact on our lives. The knowledge that our time on earth is limited can motivate us to live life to the fullest and to prioritize the things that truly matter. We will explore the role of death in shaping our values, goals, and priorities, and consider how we can use this knowledge to live more fulfilling lives.

The ethics of mourning

The process of mourning is an important part of the human experience, and it raises several ethical questions. How should we respond to the death of others, and what is our ethical responsibility to those who are grieving? We will explore these questions and consider how we can support those who are mourning while also respecting their autonomy and individual experiences.

The ethics of immortality

The idea of immortality has long been a fascination for humanity, but it raises important ethical questions. If we were able to live forever, what would be the implications for our sense of self, our relationships with others, and our moral responsibilities? We will explore the ethical implications of immortality and consider how it might challenge our understanding of what it means to be human.

The ethics of death in different cultural contexts

Death is a universal human experience, but how it is understood and experienced varies across different cultures. We will explore how different cultures approach death, mourning, and the afterlife, and consider the ethical implications of these differences.

Death is a complex and multifaceted topic, and it raises important questions about the nature of life, morality, and human experience. By exploring the ethics of death from a philosophical perspective, we can gain a deeper understanding of these questions and how they shape our lives.

The Ripple Effect of Loss: How Death Impacts Relationships

Losing a loved one is one of the most challenging experiences one can go through in life. It is a universal experience that touches people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. The grief that follows the death of someone close can be overwhelming and can take a significant toll on an individual's mental and physical health. However, it is not only the individual who experiences the grief but also the people around them. In this article, we will discuss the ripple effect of loss and how death impacts relationships.

Understanding Grief and Loss

Grief is the natural response to loss, and it can manifest in many different ways. The process of grieving is unique to each individual and can be affected by many factors, such as culture, religion, and personal beliefs. Grief can be intense and can impact all areas of life, including relationships, work, and physical health.

The Impact of Loss on Relationships

Death can impact relationships in many ways, and the effects can be long-lasting. Below are some of how loss can affect relationships:

1. Changes in Roles and Responsibilities

When someone dies, the roles and responsibilities within a family or social circle can shift dramatically. For example, a spouse who has lost their partner may have to take on responsibilities they never had before, such as managing finances or taking care of children. This can be a difficult adjustment, and it can put a strain on the relationship.

2. Changes in Communication

Grief can make it challenging to communicate with others effectively. Some people may withdraw and isolate themselves, while others may become angry and lash out. It is essential to understand that everyone grieves differently, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. However, these changes in communication can impact relationships, and it may take time to adjust to new ways of interacting with others.

3. Changes in Emotional Connection

When someone dies, the emotional connection between individuals can change. For example, a parent who has lost a child may find it challenging to connect with other parents who still have their children. This can lead to feelings of isolation and disconnection, and it can strain relationships.

4. Changes in Social Support

Social support is critical when dealing with grief and loss. However, it is not uncommon for people to feel unsupported during this time. Friends and family may not know what to say or do, or they may simply be too overwhelmed with their grief to offer support. This lack of social support can impact relationships and make it challenging to cope with grief.

Coping with Loss and Its Impact on Relationships

Coping with grief and loss is a long and difficult process, but it is possible to find ways to manage the impact on relationships. Below are some strategies that can help:

1. Communication

Effective communication is essential when dealing with grief and loss. It is essential to talk about how you feel and what you need from others. This can help to reduce misunderstandings and make it easier to navigate changes in relationships.

2. Seek Support

It is important to seek support from friends, family, or a professional if you are struggling to cope with grief and loss. Having someone to talk to can help to alleviate feelings of isolation and provide a safe space to process emotions.

3. Self-Care

Self-care is critical when dealing with grief and loss. It is essential to take care of your physical and emotional well-being. This can include things like exercise, eating well, and engaging in activities that you enjoy.

4. Allow for Flexibility

It is essential to allow for flexibility in relationships when dealing with grief and loss. People may not be able to provide the same level of support they once did or may need more support than they did before. Being open to changes in roles and responsibilities can help to reduce strain on relationships.

5. Find Meaning

Finding meaning in the loss can be a powerful way to cope with grief and loss. This can involve creating a memorial, participating in a support group, or volunteering for a cause that is meaningful to you.

The impact of loss is not limited to the individual who experiences it but extends to those around them as well. Relationships can be greatly impacted by the death of a loved one, and it is important to be aware of the changes that may occur. Coping with loss and its impact on relationships involves effective communication, seeking support, self-care, flexibility, and finding meaning.

What Lies Beyond Reflections on the Mystery of Death

Death is an inevitable part of life, and yet it remains one of the greatest mysteries that we face as humans. What happens when we die? Is there an afterlife? These are questions that have puzzled us for centuries, and they continue to do so today. In this article, we will explore the various perspectives on death and what lies beyond.

Understanding Death

Before we can delve into what lies beyond, we must first understand what death is. Death is defined as the permanent cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. This can occur as a result of illness, injury, or simply old age. Death is a natural process that occurs to all living things, but it is also a process that is often accompanied by fear and uncertainty.

The Physical Process of Death

When a person dies, their body undergoes several physical changes. The heart stops beating, and the body begins to cool and stiffen. This is known as rigor mortis, and it typically sets in within 2-6 hours after death. The body also begins to break down, and this can lead to a release of gases that cause bloating and discoloration.

The Psychological Experience of Death

In addition to the physical changes that occur during and after death, there is also a psychological experience that accompanies it. Many people report feeling a sense of detachment from their physical body, as well as a sense of peace and calm. Others report seeing bright lights or visions of loved ones who have already passed on.

Perspectives on What Lies Beyond

There are many different perspectives on what lies beyond death. Some people believe in an afterlife, while others believe in reincarnation or simply that death is the end of consciousness. Let's explore some of these perspectives in more detail.

One of the most common beliefs about what lies beyond death is the idea of an afterlife. This can take many forms, depending on one's religious or spiritual beliefs. For example, many Christians believe in heaven and hell, where people go after they die depending on their actions during life. Muslims believe in paradise and hellfire, while Hindus believe in reincarnation.

Reincarnation

Reincarnation is the belief that after we die, our consciousness is reborn into a new body. This can be based on karma, meaning that the quality of one's past actions will determine the quality of their next life. Some people believe that we can choose the circumstances of our next life based on our desires and attachments in this life.

End of Consciousness

The idea that death is simply the end of consciousness is a common belief among atheists and materialists. This view holds that the brain is responsible for creating consciousness, and when the brain dies, consciousness ceases to exist. While this view may be comforting to some, others find it unsettling.

Death is a complex and mysterious phenomenon that continues to fascinate us. While we may never fully understand what lies beyond death, it's important to remember that everyone has their own beliefs and perspectives on the matter. Whether you believe in an afterlife, reincarnation, or simply the end of consciousness, it's important to find ways to cope with the loss of a loved one and to find peace with your mortality.

Final Words

In conclusion, these powerful essays on death offer inspiring perspectives and deep insights into the human experience of coping with mortality, grief, and loss. From personal accounts to philosophical reflections, these essays provide a diverse range of perspectives that encourage readers to contemplate their mortality and the meaning of life.

By reading and reflecting on these essays, readers can gain a better understanding of how death shapes our lives and relationships, and how we can learn to accept and cope with this inevitable part of the human experience.

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Death is an inevitable part of life that has been contemplated and explored by humans throughout history. It is a subject that evokes a wide range of emotions and thoughts, from fear and sorrow to curiosity and acceptance. Writing an essay about death can be a profound and thought-provoking experience, allowing individuals to reflect on their own mortality and explore existential questions. To inspire your writing, here are 115 death essay topic ideas and examples.

  • The concept of death in different cultures.
  • The role of death in religious beliefs.
  • The fear of death and its impact on human behavior.
  • Death as a theme in literature and poetry.
  • The portrayal of death in art and cinema.
  • The psychology of grief and mourning.
  • The stages of grief according to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.
  • How to cope with the loss of a loved one.
  • The impact of death on family dynamics.
  • The connection between death and existentialism.
  • Near-death experiences and their implications.
  • The debate between the existence of an afterlife and oblivion.
  • The significance of death rituals and funeral customs.
  • The ethics of euthanasia and assisted suicide.
  • The right to die: exploring the concept of death with dignity.
  • The role of death in philosophical thought.
  • Death as a catalyst for personal growth and transformation.
  • The impact of death anxiety on mental health.
  • Exploring the concept of a "good death."
  • The portrayal of death in popular culture.
  • Death and the meaning of life.
  • The portrayal of death in ancient mythology.
  • Death and the concept of time.
  • The impact of death on medical ethics.
  • The portrayal of death in children's literature.
  • The intersection of death and technology.
  • Death and the fear of the unknown.
  • The impact of death on social media and digital legacies.
  • The acceptance of death: exploring different perspectives.
  • The role of humor in coping with death.
  • Death and the concept of justice.
  • The impact of death on religious beliefs and practices.
  • The influence of death on artistic expression.
  • Death and the concept of free will.
  • The portrayal of death in different historical periods.
  • Death and the concept of fate.
  • The impact of death on the concept of identity.
  • Death and the concept of soul.
  • Death and the concept of pain.
  • The impact of death on medical advancements.
  • Death and the concept of forgiveness.
  • The portrayal of death in video games.
  • Death and the concept of sacrifice.
  • The impact of death on cultural traditions.
  • Death and the concept of legacy.
  • Death and the concept of beauty.
  • The portrayal of death in religious texts.
  • Death and the concept of morality.
  • The impact of death on social structures.
  • Death and the concept of justice in different societies.
  • The portrayal of death in different artistic mediums.
  • Death and the concept of love.
  • The impact of death on the concept of time.
  • Death and the concept of truth.
  • The portrayal of death in different musical genres.
  • Death and the concept of suffering.
  • The impact of death on the concept of freedom.
  • Death and the concept of redemption.
  • The portrayal of death in different dance forms.
  • Death and the concept of rebirth.
  • The impact of death on the concept of beauty.
  • Death and the concept of forgiveness in different cultures.
  • The portrayal of death in different architectural styles.
  • Death and the concept of fate in different societies.
  • The impact of death on the concept of identity in different periods.
  • Death and the concept of pain in different cultures.
  • The portrayal of death in different fashion trends.
  • Death and the concept of sacrifice in different religions.
  • The impact of death on the concept of legacy in different civilizations.
  • Death and the concept of beauty in different art forms.
  • The portrayal of death in different culinary traditions.
  • Death and the concept of justice in different historical eras.
  • The impact of death on the concept of morality in different societies.
  • Death and the concept of love in different cultures.
  • The portrayal of death in different sports.
  • Death and the concept of suffering in different religions.
  • The impact of death on the concept of freedom in different periods.
  • Death and the concept of redemption in different belief systems.
  • The portrayal of death in different circus acts.
  • Death and the concept of rebirth in different mythologies.
  • The impact of death on the concept of beauty in different civilizations.
  • Death and the concept of forgiveness in different cultural practices.
  • The portrayal of death in different gardening styles.
  • Death and the concept of fate in different belief systems.
  • The impact of death on the concept of identity in different societies.
  • Death and the concept of pain in different historical periods.
  • The portrayal of death in different interior design trends.
  • Death and the concept of sacrifice in different cultural practices.
  • Death and the concept of beauty in different fashion trends.
  • The portrayal of death in different music genres.
  • The impact of death on the concept of morality in different periods.
  • The portrayal of death in different film genres.
  • The impact of death on the concept of freedom in different societies.
  • The portrayal of death in different theater styles.
  • The portrayal of death in different dance styles.
  • The portrayal of death in different visual art forms.
  • Death and the concept of beauty in different architectural styles.
  • The portrayal of death in different literary genres.

Whether you choose to explore the philosophical, cultural, psychological, or artistic aspects of death, these essay topic ideas provide a wide range of possibilities to delve into this profound subject. Remember to approach the topic with sensitivity and respect, as death is a deeply personal and meaningful experience for many individuals.

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Death, a topic often shrouded in fear and mystery, is an inevitable part of the human experience. It is the ultimate destiny of every living creature, a natural process that marks the end of life’s journey. This essay seeks to explore the multifaceted nature of death, examining its significance, cultural perceptions, and the impact it has on the living.

At its core, death is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. It is the final chapter in the natural cycle of life, following birth and growth. Despite its universality, the concept of death evokes a wide range of emotions and reactions, from fear and sadness to acceptance and peace. This disparity in reactions stems from individual beliefs, cultural backgrounds, and personal experiences with loss.

The Fear of Death

The fear of death, or thanatophobia, is a common human experience. This fear often arises from the unknown aspects of death, the finality it represents, and the separation it causes from loved ones. For many, the thought of death is unsettling because it confronts us with the limits of our existence and the uncertainty of what, if anything, comes after.

Cultural Perceptions of Death

Cultural perceptions of death vary widely across the globe, deeply influenced by religious beliefs, traditions, and societal norms. In some cultures, death is seen as a transition to another existence or a return to the earth’s natural cycle. For instance, Hinduism views death as a part of the soul’s journey toward liberation, while many Western societies tend to view death as an end, often associated with mourning and loss.

The Impact of Death on the Living

  • Grief and Mourning: Grief is the natural emotional response to the loss of a loved one. It encompasses a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, guilt, and disbelief. Mourning is the process through which individuals express and work through their grief.
  • Psychological Impact: The death of a loved one can lead to various psychological effects, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Coping with the loss often involves adapting to a new reality without the deceased person.
  • Physical Health: Grief and emotional distress can have physical manifestations, including sleep disturbances, appetite changes, and somatic symptoms. Prolonged grief may also weaken the immune system, potentially leading to health issues.
  • Social Isolation: Grief can make individuals withdraw from social interactions, leading to feelings of loneliness and isolation. The bereaved may struggle to relate to others who have not experienced a similar loss.
  • Spiritual and Existential Reflection: Many people grapple with questions of faith, spirituality, and the meaning of life in the face of death. The search for understanding and comfort in spiritual or philosophical beliefs can be a significant part of the grieving process.
  • Financial and Practical Consequences: Death often comes with practical challenges, such as handling the deceased person’s estate, funeral expenses, and financial adjustments for the surviving family members.
  • Long-Term Effects: The impact of death can be enduring, with the loss continuing to affect individuals years or even decades later. Anniversaries, holidays, and life milestones may trigger renewed grief.

Philosophical Perspectives on Death

Philosophers throughout history have pondered the nature of death and its implications for living a meaningful life. Socrates, for example, viewed death as a release from the body, allowing the soul to reach a higher state of knowledge and purity. In contrast, existential philosophers like Jean-Paul Sartre and Martin Heidegger explored the idea that the inevitability of death gives life its urgency and significance, urging individuals to live authentically and fully.

The Role of Death in Literature and Art

Death has been a central theme in literature and art for centuries, serving as a source of inspiration, contemplation, and expression. Through stories, poems, paintings, and films, artists have explored the complexities of death, the grieving process, and the search for meaning in the face of mortality. These artistic expressions offer solace, understanding, and sometimes, a celebration of life’s transient beauty.

Coping with the Loss of a Loved One

Coping with the death of a loved one is a deeply personal journey that can vary significantly from person to person. Support from family, friends, and community, as well as professional counseling, can provide comfort and aid in the healing process. Engaging in rituals, such as funerals and memorial services, allows individuals to honor their loved ones, express their grief, and begin the process of moving forward.

The Importance of Discussing Death

Despite its inevitability, death is often considered a taboo subject in many societies. However, open discussions about death can demystify it, helping individuals prepare for their own mortality and the loss of others. Conversations about end-of-life wishes, wills, and funeral plans can ensure that individuals’ preferences are respected and can alleviate some of the burdens on grieving families.

Death and the Search for Meaning

The contemplation of death often leads individuals to seek meaning and purpose in their lives. It prompts questions about the legacy one wishes to leave behind and the values that guide one’s existence. Many find solace in the belief that their actions and relationships can transcend their physical presence, living on in the memories and lives of others.

In conclusion, Death, while a natural and inevitable part of life, remains one of the most profound mysteries of human existence. It challenges us to confront our fears, explore our beliefs, and reflect on the meaning of life. By acknowledging and discussing death, we can learn to appreciate the preciousness of life, strengthen our relationships, and live with greater purpose and authenticity. As we navigate the complexities of death, we find that in its shadow, the beauty and fragility of life are illuminated, urging us to cherish every moment and leave a lasting impact on the world around us.

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No one likes to think about their own death, but it's an important topic to consider. Whether death comes suddenly or after a long battle with illness, there are certain things that need to be taken care of in order to make the process as smooth as possible for both you and your loved ones. In order to help your family, there are many things to do to prepare for death and to ensure there is as little stress as possible.

Death preparation is vital to ensure that your final wishes are carried out and that your loved ones are taken care of after you're gone. But death preparation goes beyond just making a will or planning a funeral. There are a number of things you should do to get your affairs in order before you die. Generally, these tasks are considered "estate planning" and are great steps to follow to ensure you and your loved ones are prepared when the time comes.

How to prepare for your own death

Steps you'll take towards death preparation can vary depending on a number of factors, including whether death is anticipated or not, your age, your financial situation, your relationship status, and whether you have children. However, there are some key steps everyone should take to prepare for their death, no matter their individual circumstance.

1. Gather important documentation.

One of the most important things you can do to prepare for your death is to gather all of your important documents in one place. This documentation should include things like your birth certificate, Social Security card, passport, will, trusts, financial statements, insurance policies, mortgage documents, and any other legal documents. Having all of this information in one place will make it much easier for your loved ones to deal with your death, as they will know exactly where to find everything they need.

Once you've gathered these death preparation documents, properly label and store them in a safe place. You may want to consider keeping them in a fireproof and waterproof safe, or you may opt to give them to a trusted friend or family member to keep for you. Just be sure that whoever will be responsible for handling your affairs after you pass knows where they are and how to access them.

Inform your intended executor of the estate (and potentially other trusted family members) of the location of these documents. It's also a good idea to write down the location of these documents in your will and in any other instructional document you intend on having your family read over when the time comes.

You can notify your loved ones and record the location of your important documents in Ever Loved's pre-death checklist .

2. Create an advanced directive.

An advanced directive , also known as a living will, is a legal document that outlines your wishes for medical treatment in the event that you are unable to communicate them yourself. This document can be incredibly important, as it ensures that your loved ones and medical team know exactly what you want (and don't want) in terms of life-saving measures and other medical treatments.

In your advanced directive , you should include things like whether you want to be placed on life support, what kind of pain management you're comfortable with, and any other medical treatment preferences you have. It's important to be as specific as possible in your advanced directive so that there is no confusion about your wishes.

Creating an advanced directive is relatively simple and can usually be done without the help of a lawyer. However, it's important to make sure that your advanced directive is properly signed and witnessed so that it will be considered legal. Once you've created your advanced directive, be sure to give copies to your loved ones, your doctor, and your intended executor of the estate. You may also want to keep a copy in your important documents file (mentioned in step one).

If you have specific wishes for what should happen to your body after death (such as cremation or burial), you can include those instructions in your advanced directive as well. Advanced directives are useful for anyone, whether you're dealing with a chronic illness or not. Whether you're researching how to prepare for death from cancer, are planning for death and dying while healthy, or are just doing preliminary research, it's a good time to start an advanced directive. You never know what can happen and want to be as prepared as possible in the event of an accident or an illness worsens. Preparing an advanced directive can give you some peace of mind knowing that your wishes will be followed when the time comes.

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3. Write a will.

One of the most important things you can do to prepare for your own death is to write a will . A will is a legal document that outlines how you want your belongings to be distributed after you die. Without a will, the state will determine how your assets will be divided, which may not be in line with your wishes.

When writing your will, you'll need to designate an executor, who will be responsible for carrying out your wishes. You'll also need to list all of your assets and how you want them to be distributed. If you have children, you'll need to designate a guardian for them in your will, as well.

It's important to keep your will up to date, as your assets (and your wishes for them) may change over time. You should review your will every few years and make changes as needed. You should also update your will if you have any major life changes, such as getting married, having children, or buying a new home.

Writing a will can seem like a daunting task, but there are many resources available to help you. You can easily start a will online or hire a lawyer to assist you. If all of that seems like too much, simply writing your wishes down on a piece of paper is a great start when considering how to prepare for your own death.

Once your will is complete, be sure to give copies to your executor, your spouse, and any other trusted family members or friends. You may also want to keep a copy in your important documents file (mentioned in step one).

You should avoid keeping your will in a place where it can be easily found, as it may be tampered with if it's not stored securely. Having a will is an excellent step to take when thinking of how to prepare your family for your death, as it offers them a guide when the time comes.

Want to set your family up for success? Check out Ever Loved's getting affairs in order before death checklist for an easy checklist you can share with your family that has useful information for them to go off of.

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4. Identify and appoint a power of attorney.

A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that gives someone else the authority to make decisions on your behalf. You can appoint a POA for financial matters , healthcare decisions, or both. This can be incredibly useful if you become incapacitated and are unable to make decisions for yourself.

When choosing a power of attorney, it's important to appoint someone you trust implicitly. This person will have a lot of responsibility, so you want to be sure that they're up for the task. You should also choose someone who lives close by, as they may need to act quickly on your behalf. Finally, be sure to appoint an alternate POA in case your first choice is unavailable or unable to serve.

Once you've chosen your power of attorney, you'll need to complete the appropriate legal paperwork. This will vary depending on your state's laws, so be sure to do your research. Once the paperwork is complete, you should give copies to your POA, your spouse, and any other trusted family members or friends. You should keep a copy in your important documents file (mentioned in step one).

It's a good idea to review your power of attorney periodically, as your relationship with your POA may change over time. Additionally, it's important to note that there are two types of POAs: durable and non-durable. A durable POA remains in effect even if you become incapacitated, while a non-durable POA only applies when you're able to make decisions for yourself, which is generally less helpful for estate planning as a result.

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5. Choose (or update) your beneficiaries.

Your beneficiaries are the people (or organizations) who will inherit your assets when you die. You can name primary and contingent beneficiaries, and you can change your beneficiaries at any time. When choosing your beneficiaries, it's important to consider your family dynamics and personal relationships. You may also want to consider naming a charity as a beneficiary, as this can offer tax benefits to your estate.

Once you've chosen your beneficiaries, you'll need to update your life insurance policy, retirement accounts, and investment accounts. You should also update your will (mentioned in step three) to reflect your new beneficiaries.

It's a good idea to review your beneficiaries periodically, as your relationship with them may change over time. You may also want to consider naming a contingent beneficiary, as this can offer protection in case your primary beneficiary is unable or unwilling to serve.

6. Look into starting a living trust.

A living trust is a legal document that allows you to transfer your assets to your beneficiaries without going through probate. Probate is a lengthy and expensive process, so a living trust can be a helpful way to avoid it.

There are two types of living trusts: revocable and irrevocable. A revocable trust can be changed at any time, while an irrevocable trust cannot be changed once it's been created.

If you're considering starting a living trust, it's important to consult with an attorney. This is because the process can be complex, and you'll want to make sure that everything is done correctly.

Once you've decided to start a living trust, you'll need to transfer your assets into the trust. This can be done by retitling your property or changing the ownership of your accounts. You should also update your will (mentioned in step three) to reflect your new trusts.

7. Consider purchasing life insurance or setting aside funds.

If you have dependents, it's important to make sure that they're taken care of financially if something happens to you. One way to do this is to purchase life insurance . Life insurance can provide a death benefit that can be used to cover expenses like your final expenses, your mortgage, and your family's living expenses.

Another way to make sure your dependents are taken care of is to set aside funds in a designated account. This account can be used to cover expenses like your final expenses and your family's living expenses.

8. Think about your final arrangements.

Your final arrangements are the plans you make for disposition and memorialization. Planning these arrangements in advance helps your family know what type of services you want (or if you'd even like services) and what to do with your remains when the time comes. Some may consider this process as an incredibly important step in death preparation.

If you're unsure what types of methods of dispositions are available to you, this is a good time to research and consider what feels right. The methods of disposition include:

  • Cremation : Cremation is a process of reducing the body to ashes through the use of heat.
  • Burial : Burial typically involves placing the deceased in a casket and burying them in a cemetery.
  • Green burial : Green burial is a type of burial that focuses on using eco-friendly methods and materials.
  • Alkaline hydrolysis : Alkaline hydrolysis is a process of breaking down the body with water and chemicals.
  • Body donation : Donation typically involves donating the body to science for research or medical training. The body is cremated at the end of this process and the cremains are typically returned to the family. Donating a body to science is often free.

Another big part of planning your final arrangements is to consider the type of service you'll want to have (or if you want services at all). This can be a difficult decision, as it's often hard to imagine our own death. Typically, services fall into three categories: funerals and memorials .

A funeral is a formal service that's usually held shortly after death and is a somber, more traditional service. A memorial, on the other hand, is a less formal service that can be held at any time (often after the body has been cremated or buried).

A celebration of life is a type of memorial that's focused on celebrating the life of a loved one rather than focusing on the loss. Some people prefer to have a traditional service with all the bells and whistles, while others prefer a more simple service (or no service at all). There's no right or wrong answer here, it's simply a matter of preference.

Once you've decided on your final arrangements, you should make sure that your family knows your wishes. This can be done by telling your loved ones what you want and writing down your wishes in an accessible space. It can also be included on the preparing for death checklist on Ever Loved .

9. Ensure your digital assets are taken care of.

In our increasingly digital world, it's important to make sure that your digital assets are taken care of when you die. Your digital assets can include things like:

  • Social media accounts
  • Domain names
  • Online banking and financial accounts
  • Investment accounts
  • Email accounts
  • Photos and other files stored online
  • Other online accounts

If you have any of these types of assets, you should have a plan for what should happen to them when you die. Handling these assets is a part of digital estate planning and is essential when setting your family up for success after you pass away.

10. Inform your family.

One of the most important steps in death preparation is to make sure your family is aware of your wishes and knows what to do when you die. This can be done by having a conversation with your loved ones about your wishes and by creating a death plan that outlines what needs to be done.

Your death plan should include things like:

  • Your funeral or memorial service wishes
  • Who should be notified of your death
  • What needs to be done with your body
  • How to access your financial and legal documents
  • How to handle your social media accounts and other online assets

Making sure your family is prepared for your death will take a load off of their shoulders during an already difficult time.

Ready to get started? Check out Ever Loved's death planning guide. This death planning workbook is easy for you to fill out, easy to share with your loved ones, and is entirely free.

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It’s Mourning in America

By Cody Delistraty

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In my childhood home, a modest, low-slung rectangle in eastern Washington, my mother was a bedroom away from me when she experienced her last moment. I remember standing in front of her, just after, feeling that I was watching a show or a movie, that this up-close experience was somehow false.

I had never seen death in person before. I had, however, seen it frequently on my phone’s screen, on my laptop, on TV, in movie theatres. So what was I looking at here? At my mother’s bedside, having never had the chance to confront serious loss in any substantive way, I was without comparison. In the following weeks, I struggled to accord what I’d seen with the world beyond our home. Looking around, it sometimes seemed loss and grief hardly existed at all.

Today, in the U.S. and the U.K., death is largely banished from the visual landscape. A century ago, approximately eighty-five per cent of Brits died at home; these days, it’s closer to twenty-five per cent, and around thirty per cent in America. Many of those deaths have moved to the hospital, an often sterile environment where, as during the pandemic, loved ones are sometimes restricted from visiting. When individual bodies show up in newspapers, magazines, and social media, they tend to be exoticized, people not like us . When they are familiar, they have “their faces turned away,” as Susan Sontag wrote ; their identity is eroded, reduced, until they are more concept than person. We see this form of not quite death so often that one can be forgiven for mistaking, as I did, the curated depiction for the actual event.

And then there is the stigma of grief—the idea, now rampant in American life, of closure. Most people are loath to linger in loss. We are expected to get back to work, back to normal. According to a recent survey, U.S. companies offer, on average, five days of bereavement leave, a remarkably brief amount of time to grapple with a death. (For the death of a “close friend/chosen family,” the number drops to a single day.) Typical mourning rites can seem to take closure to an extreme: at a funeral, loved ones may surround and console you for an afternoon, but we have few widespread customs that continue in the aftermath. This is in stark contrast to practices elsewhere—the Day of the Dead in Mexico; the Japanese Buddhist festival of Obon, which honors ancestral spirits—that prepare grievers to carry a loss for their entire lives.

In America, the appeal of closure may be traced to “ On Death and Dying ,” the 1969 best-seller, by the Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, that outlined the “five stages” of grief, ending with acceptance. Kübler-Ross has been widely misread by the public: her original research was on how people coped with the prospect of their own death, not with the loss of another. As the social scientist Pauline Boss has pointed out, closure is a construct, something that can never fully be attained; even if we grieve in stages, there is no prescription for how to grieve, much less for how to neatly overcome a loss. Boss suggests that closure’s popularity is a product of America’s “mastery-oriented culture,” in which “we believe in fixing things, finding cures.” With my own grief, too, I imagined a solution. I wanted to mourn quietly, persistently, toward a goal, until the pain, even the death itself, was nearly forgotten.

Loss wasn’t always obscured or seen as a trial to overcome. Throughout the eighteenth century, in much of Western Europe, death was witnessed directly and with little fanfare, according to the French historian Philippe Ariès. Ariès was well known for “ Western Attitudes Toward Death: From the Middle Ages to the Present ,” his 1974 history of how the social construction of death changed over time. Observing an era in which mortality rates were much higher, he identified four distinguishing characteristics. The dying person was typically in his own bed. He usually had some awareness of his situation; he “presided over it and knew its protocol.” His family, sometimes even his neighbors, would join him at his bedside. And, while he was dying, emotions were relatively measured, the death being expected, to some degree already mourned, and broadly understood as part of the flow of time.

Although Ariès has been criticized, sometimes fairly, for an overreliance on literary sources and an idealization of the past, his core conclusion holds true: there was a social regularity—and nearness—to death that’s largely foreign to many today. (Ariès used the term “tamed death,” nodding to how mortality was at the forefront of public consciousness.) Even the trappings of mourning evinced this openness. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, grieving women generally wore heavy black outfits that included veils and bonnets; sometimes there were necklaces, or bits of jewelry that contained the hair of the deceased. Both male and female mourners often used special stationery with black borders for correspondence. (Over time, the borders would narrow, to show readers that the bereaved party was slowly recovering.) And “death portraits,” although creepy to contemporary eyes, were popular memorials, further elevating death’s presence in the cultural psyche.

In the nineteen-hundreds, though, our relationship to grief seemed to change, transforming from a public, integrated phenomenon to a personal and repressed one. Some of this may have been prompted by the First and Second World Wars, which resulted in such multitudes of dead—men whose bodies were often unrecoverable—that the old rituals were no longer tenable. Other reasons were political, serving the needs of power. During the First World War, for instance, American suffragists marched against the prospect of U.S. involvement, noting the immense loss of life and the struggle it would create for women left alone at home or widowed. The protest’s goal, per one suffragette, was to stretch “out hands of sympathy across the sea to the women and children who suffer and to the men who are forced into the ranks to die.” In the heat of August, 1914, women paraded through Manhattan in traditional black mourning clothes.

President Woodrow Wilson had run on an isolationist platform, but by 1917 the United States had joined the fray, and such demonstrations threatened his agenda. In 1918, conscious of the public’s perception of the war, he wrote to Anna Howard Shaw, the former president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, asking that the suffragettes encourage women across the country to reframe their mourning as patriotism. Instead of mourning clothes, he suggested, women could wear badges bearing white stars, which “upon the occurrence of a death be changed into stars of gold.” At the time, the Nineteenth Amendment was in the balance, and Shaw, who understood the importance of Wilson’s support, obliged, asking her followers to dial back their public grief and change their dress. “Instead of giving away to depression, it is our duty to display the same courage and spirit that they do,” she said. “If they can die nobly, we must show that we can live nobly.” On July 7, 1918, the Times ran an article entitled “Insignia, Not Black Gowns, as War Mourning: Women of America Asked to Forego Gloomy Evidences of Grief.” (The article was pinned between two stories about the terrors of the war: “Mustard Gas Warfare” and “Need of Still Larger Armies.”) The Nineteenth Amendment passed the next year, with Wilson’s endorsement.

Across the Atlantic, Freud was rethinking mourning as a private pursuit. Perhaps grief was actually a form of “work,” he wrote in “Mourning and Melancholia”—and only upon that work’s completion could the ego become “free and uninhibited again.” Death continued to recede from the public square: Walter Benjamin, in his 1936 essay “ The Storyteller ,” notes how it had been relegated to the corridors of the hospital, where the ill and dying were “stowed away.” Silence, individualism, and stoicism became valorized, and talk of death and grief no longer belonged in daily interactions. “Should they speak of the loss, or no?” the anthropologist Geoffrey Gorer wondered in his 1965 book “Death, Grief, and Mourning in Contemporary Britain.” “Will the mourner welcome expressions of sympathy, or prefer a pretence that nothing has really happened?” In his book, which drew from a survey of about sixteen hundred British citizens, Gorer suggested that people who chose pretense were less likely to sleep well and have strong social connections.

Gorer, like Ariès, attributed this shift to “the pursuit of happiness” having been “turned into an obligation”: the challenging aspects of life were now framed as individual burdens, rather than shared setbacks. The quest for happiness has long been baked into the American psyche, but one can see its distortion in quasi-therapeutic concepts such as “putting yourself first” and “emotional bandwidth”—the notion that an uncomfortable emotion is an undesirable one, and that we should set firm limits on certain discussions of hardship, even with intimate friends. Add to that “self-care”—arguably the greatest marketing success of the twenty-first century, in which consumption is repackaged as a path toward well-being—and Ariès’s claim that we live in the era of “forbidden death” continues to resonate. “The choking back of sorrow, the forbidding of its public manifestation, the obligation to suffer alone and secretly, has aggravated the trauma stemming from the loss of a dear one,” Ariès wrote, citing Gorer. “A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty. But one no longer has the right to say so aloud.”

After my mother’s memorial, after we scattered her ashes, I decided to run a marathon. I was still looking for proxies for grief, situations where an external accomplishment could solve my inner turmoil. Needless to say, it didn’t work. Not the running, not the hiking, not the strength-training regimen. Grief was a different beast, one that couldn’t be overcome through will power alone.

The historian Michel Vovelle challenged Ariès’s idea that “forbidden death” defined the West’s attitude toward loss, or that death had even become taboo by the mid-twentieth century. Vovelle believed that the historian’s job wasn’t merely to look at shifts in the past. “Why not look for these turning points in the present?” he wrote. Indeed, to look at the current moment is to see an unusual evolution, in which grief’s privatization has given way to the blossoming of a new hybrid form.

On social media, one often finds public grief that’s rooted in private interests. When a statesman or a celebrity passes away, or when videos of a distant tragedy circulate, expressions of mourning can sometimes seem to be a mix of sincerity and performance, an opportunity less to confront death than to strategically display one’s sympathies. Corporations issue statements of solidarity which are, at bottom, advertisements. (After the Boston Marathon bombing, the food site Epicurious tweeted, “In honor of Boston and New England, may we suggest: whole-grain cranberry scones!”) Crystal Abidin, an ethnographer of Internet culture, calls this phenomenon “publicity grieving”; it returns grief to the public square, but in strange, vaguely unnerving forms. When millennials began taking “funeral selfies” around 2013, the trend sparked a minor media frenzy, eliciting think pieces and advice articles, including one from a casket-making company.

The exploitative aspect of publicity grieving is obvious. Still, it’s notable that collective mourning is once again part of the texture of daily life. The sociologist Margaret Gibson is clear-eyed about the turn—death mediated by the Internet, she notes, is not the same as death being intimately known and accepted—but she also recognizes the ways in which grief has been normalized, its effects allowed to emerge once more in social interaction. One of her studies focussed on YouTube bereavement vlogs—videos, posted by young people in the days and months after they’d lost a parent, in which they forge apparently genuine bonds with the strangers watching, sharing their pain and showing how “mourning continues across a lifetime.” Elsewhere, initiatives such as The Dinner Party, a predominately online meetup for people who have experienced a variety of losses, provide a kind of “second space” for grief, somewhere between “normal” life and the formalized privacy of a therapist’s office. Even the funeral-selfie-takers seem—to me, at least—to possess motives more benevolent than voyeuristic self-promotion. Perhaps they wanted to share their sense of loss, but were unsure how to do so, in person, without feeling like they were an encumbrance. A frivolous form of photography may not seem commensurate with the gravity of death, but approaching the subject with some amount of levity and candor may be precisely what we need.

A decade on, I’m still figuring out my own grief. After completing the Paris Marathon, soon after my mom died, I didn’t run for several years. Lately, I’ve taken it up again, cutting curling circles through the park near my home. The point I’ve begun to look forward to is no longer the finish line, but the moment when I begin to hit a psychic and physiological wall. In the past, I might have stopped, gone home, downed some Gatorade. It was painful. Now I’ve found some satisfaction in the unease, in living within the feeling rather than blasting past it. I see that my feet continue to move, that my breath persists. Sometimes it overwhelms me, but then I look up and see, all around the park, others running, just as winded as I am, experiencing something of the same. ♦

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Capital punishment is an ancient practice. It’s one that human rights defenders strongly oppose and consider as inhumane and cruel. In 2019, Amnesty International reported the lowest number of executions in about a decade. Most executions occurred in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Egypt . The United States is the only developed western country still using capital punishment. What does this say about the US? Here are five essays about the death penalty everyone should read:

“When We Kill”

By: Nicholas Kristof | From: The New York Times 2019

In this excellent essay, Pulitizer-winner Nicholas Kristof explains how he first became interested in the death penalty. He failed to write about a man on death row in Texas. The man, Cameron Todd Willingham, was executed in 2004. Later evidence showed that the crime he supposedly committed – lighting his house on fire and killing his three kids – was more likely an accident. In “When We Kill,” Kristof puts preconceived notions about the death penalty under the microscope. These include opinions such as only guilty people are executed, that those guilty people “deserve” to die, and the death penalty deters crime and saves money. Based on his investigations, Kristof concludes that they are all wrong.

Nicholas Kristof has been a Times columnist since 2001. He’s the winner of two Pulitizer Prices for his coverage of China and the Darfur genocide.

“An Inhumane Way of Death”

By: Willie Jasper Darden, Jr.

Willie Jasper Darden, Jr. was on death row for 14 years. In his essay, he opens with the line, “Ironically, there is probably more hope on death row than would be found in most other places.” He states that everyone is capable of murder, questioning if people who support capital punishment are just as guilty as the people they execute. Darden goes on to say that if every murderer was executed, there would be 20,000 killed per day. Instead, a person is put on death row for something like flawed wording in an appeal. Darden feels like he was picked at random, like someone who gets a terminal illness. This essay is important to read as it gives readers a deeper, more personal insight into death row.

Willie Jasper Darden, Jr. was sentenced to death in 1974 for murder. During his time on death row, he advocated for his innocence and pointed out problems with his trial, such as the jury pool that excluded black people. Despite worldwide support for Darden from public figures like the Pope, Darden was executed in 1988.

“We Need To Talk About An Injustice”

By: Bryan Stevenson | From: TED 2012

This piece is a transcript of Bryan Stevenson’s 2012 TED talk, but we feel it’s important to include because of Stevenson’s contributions to criminal justice. In the talk, Stevenson discusses the death penalty at several points. He points out that for years, we’ve been taught to ask the question, “Do people deserve to die for their crimes?” Stevenson brings up another question we should ask: “Do we deserve to kill?” He also describes the American death penalty system as defined by “error.” Somehow, society has been able to disconnect itself from this problem even as minorities are disproportionately executed in a country with a history of slavery.

Bryan Stevenson is a lawyer, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author. He’s argued in courts, including the Supreme Court, on behalf of the poor, minorities, and children. A film based on his book Just Mercy was released in 2019 starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx.

“I Know What It’s Like To Carry Out Executions”

By: S. Frank Thompson | From: The Atlantic 2019

In the death penalty debate, we often hear from the family of the victims and sometimes from those on death row. What about those responsible for facilitating an execution? In this opinion piece, a former superintendent from the Oregon State Penitentiary outlines his background. He carried out the only two executions in Oregon in the past 55 years, describing it as having a “profound and traumatic effect” on him. In his decades working as a correctional officer, he concluded that the death penalty is not working . The United States should not enact federal capital punishment.

Frank Thompson served as the superintendent of OSP from 1994-1998. Before that, he served in the military and law enforcement. When he first started at OSP, he supported the death penalty. He changed his mind when he observed the protocols firsthand and then had to conduct an execution.

“There Is No Such Thing As Closure on Death Row”

By: Paul Brown | From: The Marshall Project 2019

This essay is from Paul Brown, a death row inmate in Raleigh, North Carolina. He recalls the moment of his sentencing in a cold courtroom in August. The prosecutor used the term “closure” when justifying a death sentence. Who is this closure for? Brown theorizes that the prosecutors are getting closure as they end another case, but even then, the cases are just a way to further their careers. Is it for victims’ families? Brown is doubtful, as the death sentence is pursued even when the families don’t support it. There is no closure for Brown or his family as they wait for his execution. Vivid and deeply-personal, this essay is a must-read for anyone who wonders what it’s like inside the mind of a death row inmate.

Paul Brown has been on death row since 2000 for a double murder. He is a contributing writer to Prison Writers and shares essays on topics such as his childhood, his life as a prisoner, and more.

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  • Jeremy Dutcher “Mehcinut” (Death Chant): Style of the Song
  • Death in Emily Dickinson’s Poems
  • “The Death of Artemio Cruz” by Carlos Fuentes
  • People’s Attitude Towards Death
  • The Death Penalty: Arguments in Favor
  • Death Penalty Abolishment: Arguments For and Against
  • Death by Fire: The Death Penalty in Texas
  • Death Within Edgar Allan Poe’s Works Edgar Allan Poe was one of the authors who turned to the notion of death in his works: the most emotively it is expressed in Poe’s poems “The Raven”, “Lenore”, and “Annabel Lee”.
  • Stages of Grief: Acceptance of Death in Diverse Cultures Death is an inevitability, and sooner or later every human being is put to face it. Grief comes together with death, especially when a loved one dies.
  • Philosophical Views on Death When death occurs, it becomes a sudden cancelation of all the imaginable and extensive goods that such a person could have experienced.
  • The Concept of Death and Dying The purpose of this paper is to analyze the concept of death and dying, its key characteristics, impacts on individuals, family, and society, and related critical issues.
  • “Organizational Change as a Process of Death, Dying, and Rebirth” by Zell “Organizational Change as a Process of Death, Dying, and Rebirth” by Zell, the author presents the results of study on the resistance to organizational change in professional bureaucracies.
  • Emily Jerry’s Death: The Root Cause Analysis Emily Jerry was a two-year-old patient who died during her stay in a hospital due to mismanagement of medical equipment and hospital staff incompetence.
  • Early Martin Heidegger on “Death” Martin Heidegger is one of the most significant philosophers of the 20th century. He viewed death as a defining phenomenon for time and being.
  • The Soul Never Dies: John Donne’s “Death, Be Not Proud” Tis paper discusses the formal analysis of the sonnet, death as the central image embodies by multiple poetic means, and the paradox of the poem.
  • Pentecostal’s Church Approach to Death, After-Life, and End of Life About 4 million Pentecostals live in the United States. This paper aims to discuss the Pentecostal church’s approach to death, after-life, and end of life.
  • The Triumph of Death: A Prominent Theme in Gothic Literature The paper states that gothic fiction peers through humans’ gravest fears with surgical precision and terrifying brutality.
  • Sikhism and Christianity: A View on Life and Death The purpose of this essay is to discuss the relationship between the two religious movements to the purpose of human life and the phenomenon of the afterlife.
  • Justification of the Death Penalty The paper argues that the death penalty is only justifiable under three circumstances, including retribution, deterrence and a form of communication.
  • Death and Dying: A Case Study In the case of George, the diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) means that he has a limited time to live and that his health is highly likely to deteriorate with time.
  • Death and Culture: Cross-Cultural Beliefs and Practices Associated With Death The concept of death is, perhaps, the most recognized idea globally. It is a natural phenomenon that marks the end of life.
  • An Interpretation of Dickinson’s Views on Death in Her Poetry The paper considers Dickinson’s substantial contribution of almost 1800 poems into the field of mysticism and her particular views on death within her fascinating poems.
  • “The Mask of the Red Death”: Story by Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe published several stories with gothic inspiration, but none more critically acclaimed than “The Mask of the Red Death.”
  • Death Culture in Filipinos and Its Peculiarities In Filipino culture, there are several objects and symbols related to death. The whole death culture may differ from the cultures in other countries.
  • Approaches to Death, Their Types and Differences This paper discusses how do the biological, psychological, anthropological, philosophical, and sociological approaches to death differ.
  • Life Stages: Old Age, Dying, and Death Death is perceived as a natural and inevitable part of life. We may not be sure about the outcomes of our lives, but one thing we are confident of is that we are all going to die.
  • Death Penalty: The Utilitarianism Ethical Theory Utilitarianism gives moral justification for the death penalty as long as it promotes society’s total well-being, approval, and happiness.
  • Understanding Amish Attitudes Toward Death: Implications for End-of-Life Care While the Amish focus on the world beyond this world, they certainly feel sadness and loss just like any other people when loved ones pass away.
  • History of “The Black Death” by Rosemary Horrox In “The Black Death,” Rosemmary Horrox traced how the Black Death in Europe and part of Asia affected the entire continent and spread across the part of England and Ukraine.
  • Gary Davis: “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” The song is a terrible embodiment of the variability of life, the sudden possibility of decease at any moment; this part of human existence greatly worried the author.
  • Love, Life, Death, and God Concepts in Poetry The themes of love, life, death, and belief are commonly discussed in poetry, and people are free to expand their own opinions and judgments.
  • Estimating the Time of Death: The Main Factors This paper describes how to determine the time of death of a person, the factors and signs of the causes of death, that can help in the investigation.
  • Death and Dying in “What Really Matters…” by Miller BJ Miller provides an uncommon viewpoint borrowing from a traumatic near-death encounter that cost him his feet and arm.
  • The Advantages of the Death Penalty This paper claims that the death penalty justified from an ethic since it reduces the number of criminals, satisfy the victims, and the state will not suffer financial losses.
  • Poe’s View on “The Masque of the Red Death” Edgar Allan Poe uses the word “masque” in the title to symbolize a one-of-a-kind celebration where people cover their identities behind masks to foster safety and experience joy.
  • Encountering the Landscapes of Life and Death: Literature Review This essay examines two stories – “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “Death by Landscape” by Margaret Atwood.
  • Pronouncing a Brain-Dead Patient’s Death: Yusef Camp’s Case At the time of the situation, local legislation had no law to authorize death pronouncement based on brain criteria alone.
  • The Concept of Death in Islam According to Islam, death is the soul’s return to its creator, who is Allah. Thus, this religion regards human life as a complex of severe trials, which always end in death.
  • The Roman Empire and Julius Caesar’s Death It is important to note that Caesar’s death was a pivotal moment in the history of the Roman Empire, marking the end of the Roman Republic and the beginning of the imperial era.
  • The Death Philosophy in Religion and Science This paper aims to answer the question that still swirls in the minds of many philosophers: is death a fearful phenomenon or the beginning of a new life?
  • Death Penalty: Contradictions Several crimes can lead to the death penalty: rape, racism, and murder. The death penalty has many and serious disadvantages and advantages.
  • Wrongful Death Lawsuit: Case Study The right thing to do is to resolve the issue by settlement out of the court. A payment is preferable to a trial if the insurance company is willing to pay the damage caused.
  • Stephen King’s 1408: The Image of Death in Contemporary Gothic Literature In this essay, the author describes Stephen King’s story “1408” and argues for signs of its relationship to contemporary Gothic literature.
  • Love and Death in Poetry by Emily Dickinson The main themes of Dickinson’s poetry were nature, death, love and Gospel the main points her manner of presentation and her inner state through.
  • The Meaning of Death and a Person’s Attitude Towards It Living a life that has no regrets can help an individual reduce the impact of the fear of death. An individual should also focus on his or her own death so that he or she can live a fulfilling life.
  • Human Life and Death in Christianity and Buddhism Illness often leads to agony and prompts the search for the meaning of life as people try to understand the reasons behind their predicaments.
  • Dickinson’s Because I Could Not Stop for Death Poem Analysis The plot of Emily Dickinson’s poem Because I Could Not Stop for Death is centered on the narrator’s journey towards immortality, accompanied by Death.
  • Death Concept: Accepting Its Transformational Power Death is the end of earthly life, while one can still question if it is the real end. Depending on the attitude, the answer can be different.
  • A Good Death: Family Ritual of Death Anniversary Death anniversary is one of the everyday rituals that every family practices in memory of their departed relatives.
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Health Promotion Plan This paper aims at developing a health promotion plan that investigates SIDS and related best health improvement practices.
  • Philosophy of Death and Dying Death has always been a significant theme of religious practices, philosophy, medicine, and art. They all turn to the specific features of the process of dying.
  • Attitudes Toward Death: Thomas vs. Whitman In the paper, attention will be paid to the two poems written by different authors and in different centuries but united by a common theme and several strong literary devices.
  • Arts and the Black Death In the mid-14th century, the Black Death plague swept across Europe, killing more than 40% of the population.
  • The Black Death Description and Analysis The book The Black Death by Philip Ziegler attempts to provide an account of the events followed by the arrival of the plague.
  • TV and Newspaper Advertising Death This paper relates the key causes of the death of TV and newspaper advertising to various marketing concepts covered in high-level studies.
  • Death and Dying: How We Die, Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter This paper was a brief examination of the book How We Die, Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter by Sherwin B. Nuland.
  • Fast Foods Lead to Fast Death: Informative Speech The fast-food industry has expanded at a rapid pace during the past half-century. The consequence has been the rapid expansion of the nation’s collective waistline.
  • Death & Dying Ethics in Buddhism and Christianity The paper describes the ethical challenge the patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is facing and the best approaches to support him using religious values or ideas.
  • Bereavement Loss and Death Practices Across Cultures Death refers to the permanent end of all processes that sustain life in a human being. Grief and mourning are major elements of death in all societies.
  • The Portrayal of Death in Lullabies Lullabies, being a relatively simple genre derived from folklore, do not elaborate much on various aspects of death.
  • Workplace Death and Injuries The paper analyzes the article “The Occupational Safety and Health Act’s Preemptive Effect on State Criminal Prosecutions of Employers for Workplace Death and Injuries”.
  • Mental Disorders and Vulnerability to Homicidal Death The current article supports the fact that mental disorders are risk factors for accidental death and suicide, but there is limited data to suggest their association with homicide.
  • Annotated Bibliography Assignment: Position on Death Sentence The intended outcome involves proving that the DS is inseparable from costly mistakes, including those reinforced by prejudice.
  • Death Penalty in Case of Mental Illnesses American legal thought posited that the defendant’s mental competence was a necessary prerequisite for issuing and implementing the death penalty.
  • The Death and Burial of the Chinese Death in Eastern countries is considered best of all in the example of China because it is the country where the classical form of the cult of ancestors is the most developed.
  • Aging and Death in Literature: Larkin and Shakespeare This paper aims to compare Philip Larkin’s “The Old Fools” and Shakespeare’s Sonnet 64, which present contrasting views of aging and mortality.
  • Gilgamesh’s Search for Immortality: Inevitability of Death in a Story The Epic of Gilgamesh is generally the story of one man’s journey to outfox’s demise, and, strangely, the needs of a contemporary American have not changed much.
  • Psychological Aspects of Desdemona’s Death: The Power of Deceptions and Racial Differences Desdemona’s death at her husband’s hands proves that jealousy seeds are easy to sow because they are reinforced by the outside psychological and racial means.
  • Discussion of Global Death Sentence It is no secret that capital punishment has always been a topic surrounded by controversies in many humanitarian disciplines such as philosophy, law, and sociology.
  • Death in the Village of Gold, Zamfara Province The village of Gold is a case experiencing a life-threatening condition to its population after numerous deaths are reported amongst children in three villages of Zamfara Province.
  • Funeral Ceremony: The Song of Death, the Hymn of Life In this paper, the ritual Gisaro performed by the Kaluli people of Papua New Guinea will be examined and related to the present context.
  • Haitian Cultural Considerations of Death This paper looks at the customs, attitude, and ideas that Haitians have concerning the concept of death and dying.
  • Preventing Children’s Death in Nepal The paper gives a detailed analysis of the leading causes of death in children in Nepal and explains how this country has implemented evidence-based strategies to prevent.
  • Prevalence and Death Rates of Asthma in Australia This paper will look at asthma in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who have a high prevalence rate.
  • Christianity and Shintoism: Death and Dying Every religion has its peculiarities and customs that determine what life the followers of this religion lead. The focus of this paper will be Christianity and Shintoism.
  • The Concept of Death and Dying in Religions The worldview of each religion is the key to understanding the human essence, and holding this or that position allows differently assessing both earthly existence and life after death.
  • Emily Dickinson’s Reasons to Write About Death Death is one of the main and strongest reoccurring themes in Dickinson’s poetry that can be properly discussed through the events of the Civil War in the 19th century.
  • Near-Death Experiences and Explanatory Models The psyche’s deprivation and disintegration are frequently accompanied by reports about seeing a bright light: golden flashes of lightning or sunshine along with angels.
  • Airline Liability for Passenger Injury or Death The selected legal topic for this discussion revolves around the issue of liability after the death or injury of passengers after air crashes.
  • Religious Perspective of Death and Dying: George’s Case The presented case describes the dilemma facing George who has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and explores how his condition can be dealt with from different religious perspectives.
  • The Justness of Socrates’s Decision to Accept the Death Penalty Socrates was sentenced to death for instilling ‘wrong’ political views in the youth, but instead of escaping his death, the philosopher accepted it with honor.
  • Death Perception in the World Religions Buddhism and Hinduism perceive death as liberation. Therefore, mourning among representatives of these religions is not long and much less painful than in Christianity or Islam.
  • How Breastmilk Affects the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome This paper seeks to establish the relationship between breastfeeding and low rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome compared to formula.
  • Belief in Life After Death: Descriptive Statistical Analysis This report proposes a descriptive statistical analysis for the distributions of two variables measured on different scales from the GSS2018 set.
  • Nursing: Witnessing Death at Work The paper states that death occupies an integral role in the work of a health worker. It has a combined effect on their mental and psychic state.
  • Death Penalty as Viewed within the Framework of Retributive Justice Modern society strives to develop compassion and understanding and reduce cruelty, as the value of human life and individuality is steadily growing.
  • Death and Dying Rituals in Buddhism The Buddhist perspective on death is undeniably positive as it helps in relieving pain and grief and preparing the living for eventual death.
  • Dying and Death From a Nursing Perspective Current cosmic scale necropolitics is trying to frame death, dying, and mourning in the modern world to existence.
  • The Traditions of Death Practices The paper discusses the traditions of death practices. It includes the Dia de los Muertos celebration and human composting burial practice.
  • “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Leo Tolstoy The story The Death of Ivan Ilyich was first published in 1886. It, like The Confessions, reflects Tolstoy’s spiritual quest.
  • The Death Penalty: James Holmes’ Case The death penalty does not violate the Sixth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. It does shape certain procedural aspects.
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Age Trends of Death From COVID-19 The article “Race, ethnicity, and age trends in persons…” analyzes deaths due to COVID-19 from the perspective of race, ethnicity, and age of its victims.
  • Aspects of Death Penalty Acceptance The death penalty is a form of punishment that should be used to justify criminals when they commit severe crimes concerning other people.
  • Court Cases That Impacted to Death Penalty Daryl Atkins, who has an IQ of 59, was found guilty of murdering an Air Force enlisted man inside a convenience shop and was sentenced to death for his crime.
  • Fetal Death Rates: International Comparison The paper states that the diagram and findings that ensue from it are not demonstrative of fetal mortality. The graph includes only ten nations.
  • Death Of Student at LA High School Case Discussion The case to be discussed further in this essay occurred in one of Los Angeles’s high schools, where a 15-year-old teenager died from a fentanyl overdose.
  • Death Penalty and “Eye for an Eye” System The argument that the death penalty fits the narrative of the “eye for an eye” idea is valid. However, the state has the right to take away someone’s rights.
  • Against the Death Penalty in the US The article presents arguments against the death penalty in the United States, focusing on its ineffectiveness as a deterrent, high costs, and racial and subjective biases.
  • Emily Dickenson’s Poem “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” In this paper, the poem Because I Could Not Stop for Death is discussed from the perspective of a message that can be gained about its theme.
  • Ethics of Ending Life Support After Brain Death The case study is about the attempts of the family of the girl whose brain is already dead, and she has no chance for improvement, to impose the ban on ending her life support.
  • Death Penalty Position in Society Death penalty is the most severe punishment a government may sentence a person to for breaking the law, for example, by committing murder.
  • Grief Counselling on Managing Child Terminal Death Whereas anticipatory grief for older patients such as parents or grandparents is relatively common, preparing for the death of a child can be significantly more impactful.
  • Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages The paper discusses “Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages”. It is an art exhibit presented by the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2012.
  • Caring for Individuals Experiencing Common Health Challenges: Death and Dying The main idea of palliative care is integrating a holistic approach when nurses do everything possible to improve the quality of human life, even if death is inevitable.
  • When the Death of a Star Becomes a Black Hole Black holes are among the most exciting phenomena in the universe. They are thick and have a powerful gravitational pull that not even light can flee their clutches.
  • Becoming an Organ Donor After the Death Transplanted organs save lives every day, yet doctors often have to lose precious time seeking a viable organ due to a lack of donors.
  • The Black Death: Impact on European Society By the beginning of the epidemic of the Black Death in 1346, Europe was considered overpopulated, and the standard of living was rapidly falling.
  • Methodological Flaws in Studies of Air Pollution and COVID-19 Death Rates The research reviews the considerations related to studying the correlation between ambient air pollution and its effects on the symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Discussion: Meditation on Death Awareness This paper summarizes the article about the death awareness meditation that has three parts – the inevitability of death, the uncertainty, and the benefits of the spiritual insight.
  • The Culture of Death in the American Civil War The paper discusses the perception of death during the Civil War era. It shows the contrast between people’s opinions about it in the past and the present.
  • Tupac’s Fake Death Conspiracy Theory The author is convinced that Tupac staged his own death as part of a larger plan to evade the FBI and other law enforcement agencies who were after him.
  • Liability of Death from Food Poisoning Woeste ate raw oysters at Washington Platform Saloon restaurant and died of food poisoning. Later his estate sued the restaurant and the company that harvested the oysters.
  • “The Odyssey,” “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” and “The Sauptikaparvan”: “Good Death” Idea “The Odyssey,” “The Epic of Gilgamesh,” and “The Sauptikaparvan” promote the concept of a “good death” as the notion of perfection of a warrior who dies on the battlefield.
  • The Film “Black Death” by Christopher Smith “Black Death”, a 2011 film by Christopher Smith, is one of the many cinematic deliberations on the subject of the 14th-century Black Plague in cinema.
  • Surviving the Death of a Parent “The Death of a Parent Affects Even Grown Children Psychologically and Physically,” explains how parental loss affects adults.
  • The Idea of Aging and the Inevitable Death The idea of aging and the inevitable death seem distant to young people. As one ages, the necessity to reconcile with the fear of demise emerges.
  • The Death of “Billy Budd” by Herman Melville Melville’s story “Billy Budde” culminates in the death of the main character – an innocent, inexperienced sailor, who through no fault of his, was hanged.
  • Socrates: Life and Death Discussion Socrates gave three distinct arguments in favor of life after death. His reasoning is not obliged to embrace the idea of soul immortality.
  • “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson In “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” Emily Dickinson applies tone, personification, and metaphor to outline the lethargic journey of an individual from life to Death.
  • Alcoholism and Edgar Allan Poe’s Death Many arguments support alcoholism as the cause of Poe’s death, including his friends’ testimonials, newspapers’ reports about brain congestion, and social observations.
  • Life After Death: Nevitt’s Survivalism vs. Oderberg’s Survivalism Nevitt’s examines the views of corruptionists and survivalists on Aquinas and his beliefs on the status of human beings after death and before the resurrection.
  • Wisdom and Death in Socrates’ Philosophy Socrates’ philosophy, revealed through the themes of death, wisdom, and other eternal concepts, is rich and interprets many aspects of life.
  • Immortality, Personal Identity, Death and God The paper discusses the idea of the hereafter is connected to the understanding of the absolute and its influences on memory and body levels.
  • Care and Death Rates Among Nursing Home Residents The essay here starts by analyzing the conditions and experiences of residents in care facilities. It establishes the major causes of death rates among nursing home residents.
  • The Death of Enkidu and the Enlightenment of Gilgamesh The great epic poem of Gilgamesh explores a vast number of themes, but the one that sets the epic into motion is the subject of friendship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu.
  • Deadly Deliveries: Insufficient Safety Practices & Maternal Death A short film Deadly Deliveries by Dufour and Gruber to support USA Today’s investigation into recent maternal death cases sheds light on the insufficiency of safety practices.
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Description Babies usually die quietly and without evidence of a struggle. SIDS’s diagnosis is set when the infant’s death cannot be explained.
  • Relationship Between Gender and Death Anxiety “Death Anxiety Among Elderly People” provides multiple insights into the relationship between death anxiety, spirituality, and gender among older patients in the Indian context.
  • Defending a Foreign Citizen Facing the Death Sentence in the United States Although Mexico developed robust legal assistance to its citizens abroad, there were several death-sentence cases when U.S. authorities failed to inform Mexican defendants.
  • Healthcare Ethics: Physician-Assisted Death Physician-assisted death should be illegal since the goal of healthcare must be to maintain treatment that sustains life for patients, by seeking alternatives in palliative care.
  • Products Liability: SUV Wrongful Death Case The jury of a Florida court ordered Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to pay almost eleven million dollars ($) in wrongful death damages.
  • Universal Determination of Death Act (UDDA) The Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA) is a draft state law provides a definition of death mainly for application in situations that require legal intervention.
  • The Death of Mothers as Healthcare Challenge Mothers die because of the impossibility of obtaining qualified medical services. This fact can be taken as the major healthcare challenge which the modern world faces.
  • The Death From Patriarchal Dependence Louise Mallard died of heart disease caused by years of suffering in marriage, lack of personal freedom, and a hazy future full of pretense and service to her husband.
  • Criminal Punishment, Inmates on Death Row, and Prison Educational Programs This paper will review the characteristics of inmates, including those facing death penalties and the benefits of educational programs for prisoners.
  • Exploring Death Anxiety Among Staff Who Work in Outpatient Hemodialysis Units This critique is based on the quantitative study by Lee and King “Exploring death anxiety and burnout among staff members who work in outpatient hemodialysis units”.
  • Black Death Impact on the Direction of Western Civilization The Black Death was a catastrophic global Bubonic Pest outbreak in the mid-1300s that affected Europe and Asia.
  • Beta-Agonist Use and Death From Asthma Relationship The major objective of the study is to establish, according to previous studies, the relationship between beta-agonist uses and death from asthma.
  • Law and Medical Ethics: Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Death Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are practices that occur in many countries. Some countries and states such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Oregon have made these practices legal.
  • Death Sentencing and Its Various Statutes The paper recalls the historical background of the death penalty and lists the various statutes that provide for death sentencing in the United States.
  • The Incident With Wolterman: The First Line-Of-Duty Death in the History of Hfd The incident with Wolterman appeared to be the first line-of-duty death in the history of HFD since 1971. Wolterman’s line-of-duty death is the most recent of them.
  • Death in John Donne’s and Percy Shelley’s Sonnets Sonnets were written by John Donne and Percy Shelley picture concepts of death, life, and the afterlife in a contrasting manner.
  • The Top Five Causes of Death in the US The five major causes of death in the United States encompass heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke and cerebrovascular diseases.
  • Death With Dignity: Ethical Dilemma Brittany Maynard had an aggressive form of brain cancer, and to preserve her control over her life, she decided to move to the state that authorized the Death with Dignity Act.
  • Disconnecting with the World and Other People after the Death of Close People The client is in the office due to the fact that he feels extremely disconnected with the world and other people after the death of his wife.
  • Attitude Towards Aging, Death, and Dying Both medicine and religion began to touch upon the topics of death and the possibility of eternal life, whether spiritual or physical.
  • Death by Refusal of Treatment and Healthcare Directives End-of-life care decisions are a sensitive issue that requires careful handling and collaboration between patients, their families, and health care professionals.
  • Death in Poetry: the Analysis of Poems by E. Dickinson, J. Donne, and A. Sexton This essay will analyze poems by E. Dickinson, J. Donne, and A. Sexton and attempt to decipher the points of view presented in the poems.
  • Brain Death, Consciousness, and Organ Transplantation Problem The articles reviewed in the paper touch upon the problem of dead/dying brain and the ethical question of organ transplantation from brain dead patients.
  • Dealing With a Death of a Loved One In December 2003, Didion’s husband suffered a heart attack at the dinner table. They lived together for forty years. This terrible loss became a crucial moment in Didion’s life.
  • Old Age and Death in Different Cultures Culture and age play a fundamental part in people’s attitudes to old age and death. Provide better care to people who are dying or experiencing the loss of a loved one.
  • The History of Mongols, the Black Death Human society can be compared with a living organism that is the constant process of development. The currents that present special interest for the present work are the Mongols.
  • Death Concept in “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickenson The poem tells the story of a woman’s experience of death, but rather than being the horrifying thing most people imagine it to be, Dickinson’s portrayal of it is more peaceful.
  • Capital Punishment – Life or Death Punishment for crimes which are deemed cruel and unusual is forbidden by the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment is often invoked when discussing the legal merits of the death penalty.
  • Dying-Death and Loss-Grief in Different Cultures Culture is a product of evolution and human creativity; it comprises all aspects of human adjustment which include sets of ideals, beliefs, including the culture of death.
  • On the Death of Jesus in Early Christianity This writing reflects on the book ‘The Death of Jesus in Early Christianity’ by Carroll and Green and proposes a unique approach and interpretation of the primary text.
  • Death Explanation in Christian Religion Human death has been explained in many different ways by the different religions existing in this global world.
  • Death & Dying Ethics in Hinduism and Christianity Death and dying are essential notions in belief systems. In some religions, death brings an end to a person’s existence, in others, the soul continues to exist in the afterlife.
  • Death & Dying Ethics in Christianity and Buddhism The paper will discuss the attitude toward the deliberate ending of life from the viewpoint of Christianity and Buddhism.
  • Religion in “Ceremony,” “Death Comes for the Archbishop,” and “Desert Solitaire” The works Ceremony, Desert Solitaire, and Death Comes for the Archbishop also have religious motifs that are introduced to trace the role religion plays in persons’ lives and all changes they undergo in their life.
  • Opioid Use Disorder and Death: Evidence Appraisal Overdose is now one of the leading causes of mortality by injury in the United States. It results in ten thousand of preventable deaths every year.
  • The Concept of Death in Perspectives of Christianity and Hinduism Each individual interprets and deals with such situations according to personal values. This perspective is often based on a system of beliefs such as a religion.
  • Ethical Dilemma in Facing Death Situations The purpose of this essay is to answer the question: what is ethical in the situation where numerous people are facing death?
  • Death Row Prisoners in the United States: Abolishing the Capital Punishment Although some people are opposed to the abolishment of this form of punishment, the level of civilisation in the country does not allow the state to decide on whether a person should live.
  • Near-Death Experiences and Life Understanding Learning from stories of those who have had near-death experiences might enhance one’s awareness of life, but it is essential to abide by scientific methodology.
  • Death Before and After Urbanization The fact that people’s attitude towards dying varies among cultures and religions shows that it is not universal, and might depend on the way civilizations emerged and evolved.
  • Death in “On My First Daughter” and “Mid-Term Break” In “On My First Daughter” by Ben Jonson and “Mid-Term Break” by Seamus Heaney, the attitude toward an inevitable death is sympathetic, with a significant amount of pain and sorrow.
  • Kathe Kollwitz’s “Death and the Mother” Painting Because of the specific aesthetics and the incredible expressivity, every single piece of art by Kathe Kollwitz breaks the well-known idea about the impersonality of art.
  • Death from Christian and Buddist Perspectives This discussion examines the case of a patient with a terminal condition from two different religious perspectives: Christian and Buddhist.
  • Nursing View on Death and Dying in America Hospice nurses establish and maintain relationships with patients on the basis of respect for the rights and dignity of the individual.
  • Death and Dying in America: A Nursing Point of View Birth and death are the two things that a single person can never avoid in this life. It is possible to avoid illnesses, financial challenges, hunger, psychological disorders, etc.
  • Natural Death Act and Life-Sustaining Treatment The common form of the natural death act is a declaration to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment in terminal state occurrence.
  • “The Black Death and the World It Made” by Cantor The Black Death is known as one of the most horrible and destructive pandemics that hit the medieval world. It surfaced in Europe in the fourteenth century at around 1347 to 1350.
  • Death Perception Along the Life Span The relationship between age and death works in two separate ways: our reaction to a person’s death depends both on his or her age, as well as on ours.
  • Terrorist Attacks: Death and Horrifying Effects on Innocent People The perception of terrorist attacks is highly recognized across the globe and is among the frequently cited issues of the current society.
  • Death and Dying in Christianity and Buddhism Using Christianity and Buddhism as two diverse religious perspectives, this discussion explores how patient’s health demands can be met by healthcare practitioners.
  • James Deem’s Auschwitz: Voices from the Death Camp The goal of James Deem’s book Auschwitz: Voices from the Death Camp is to draw the reader’s attention to the problem of the Holocaust and realities of living in Auschwitz
  • Birds Starvation and Death in Alaska The article Thousands of Birds Found Dead along Alaskan Shoreline by Seth Kovar and Steve Almasy addresses the death of the birds in Alaska because of starvation.
  • Death Upon Request: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide In the documentary Death Upon Request assisted euthanasia is the result of the patient’s decision, since some people prefer to die in dignity in order not to burden their loved ones.
  • Is Smoking Cigarettes Just for Fun or a Death Sentence? Smoking cigarettes is one of the most popular bad habits in the world. Those who are addicted to it keep saying that there is nothing wrong about smoking.
  • An Overview of How Death Affects People in Different Ways
  • Analysis of Religious and Non-religious Ideas About Death and the Afterlife
  • Black Death and Its Effects on European and Asian Societies
  • Cultural Characteristics That Influence the Attitude Towards Death
  • Death and Funeral Services of the Haitian Culture
  • Arguing for Quick Executions of Convicted Death Penalty Inmates
  • Christianity and Life After Death
  • Death and Its Personification in Greek Mythology and Other Cultures
  • Birth, Death, and Dynamic Inefficiency in an Endogenous Growth Model
  • Black Death: The Social and Economic Repercussions on Florence
  • Between Life and Death, the Crucial Difference
  • Life and Death Concepts as Perceived by Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle
  • Individual Mortality and Macroeconomic Conditions From Birth to Death
  • The Ancient Egyptian and Ancient Mesopotamian Practice and Beliefs on Death and the After Life
  • Cultural Diversity: Racial Disparity in the Application of the Death Penalty
  • The Effect of Death on the Perception of Reality
  • American Ambivalence Regarding the Death Penalty
  • Car Accidents Are the Main Source of Death for Young People
  • Assisted Suicide and Death With Dignity
  • Death and Afterlife Egyptian, History Other
  • The Death and Dying Beliefs of Australian Aborigines
  • How Do Different Cultures React to Death and Dying?
  • Can Aging and Death be ‘Controlled’?
  • What Does the Victorian Attitude to Death Tell Us About the Period?
  • Does Anything Survive Death in Buddhism?
  • How Are Death and Survival Linked?
  • What Does the Tradition Teach About Life After Death?
  • Should Physician-Assisted Death Be Legal?
  • How Does Death Affect the Behavior of People?
  • Why Are White Death Rates Rising?
  • How Are Death Rituals Indicative of Aspects of Identity?
  • What Caused Death and Injury During and After Ancient Battles?
  • Does Early Career Achievement Lead to Earlier Death?
  • How Does Islamic Religion Explain Human Death?
  • Can Work Addiction Lead to Death?
  • Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Death Due to Natural Causes or Was He Murdered?
  • How Did Black Death Change Medicine?
  • Are Socrates’s Arguments About Death Sound?
  • How Did England Change After the Death of Queen Elizabeth in the Early 17th Century?
  • Does Palliative Care Provide a Peaceful Death?
  • How Can Death Affect the Perception of Reality?
  • Can Death Penalty Prevent the Rise in Crime Rate?
  • How Has Death Changed Within Changing Societies?
  • Should the Death Penalty Apply to Juvenile Criminals?
  • Does the Death Sentence Violate the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments?
  • How Did Black Death Transform Europe?

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Man is mortal. Death is evident in a phenomenon which strikes each person sooner or later. Life is not possible without death. It is a never ending circle from birth, death and rebirth. i.e. if you believe in reincarnation. People say they are afraid of death but in reality they are afraid to die.

We all know we are destined to die one day or another. Deep down, we all fear that day our death is in front of ours eye. Because all your life death sounds like a myth to you.

It is the moment when death stands eyes to eyes, tall and confident of taking you from yourselves; that realization dawns upon you. You realize that death is not all that glorified as shown in movies. It is a much harder phenomenon.

Actually it is death what makes every second of life worth living. If you would not have found death, you would not try to live a life worth living. Don’t lie a death before your death. The fear of death is what moves us to see and experience the good things in life.

Because we know that death is certain and it can down any day upon us. So why not experience all the beautiful things on Earth before going? A life lived for others are always worth living. It makes you feel alive inside. It gives you a feeling that you still have life alive inside you. Because when you learn to show compassion to others, you show that you have the capacity within you to loves and to trust others.

Make sure that you don’t lie before your death. Because that is what is more important. Whatever is your lifespan that is not in your hands? God sends it scribbled into your hands. But have you chose to spend that time is certainly in your hands.

When a death occurs in a family, the person is mourned over and all good things about him are discussed; having aside his negative deeds. Even when a person is on his deathbed, he is tracked with all the luxuries and is given loads of affection. But my question is that if death will come to all of us and we are dying minute by minute every day, then we aren’t nice to all the people around us!?

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The person you just met may be dead the other day. Maybe you left things on a bad note and never got to sort out what was going on between you two.

And that is when you realize that you would do anything just to have them back from doom to be beside you-alive breathing and kicking.

This is how death affects the mind of a person. All their near and dear ones lose their sanity. It is just one person that dies the actual death yet it is the complete family that goes dead inside even without realizing it. You crave their company all day.

You wish for death to befall you instead of them but this we all know that this cannot happen. It messes your head badly and you feel regret and remorse all time for what happened. At a point of time you even start blaming yourself for the mishap because you can’t get past the fact that your near and dear one was just swallowed by the void of death.

You contemplate ‘what if’ all your life. But you don’t realize that it’s no use. Because that person will never come back to console your conscience. They will always remain alive in your heart, in your memories, shading your dreams beautifully.

We just realized that life is short and one should make complete use of it. Live life to the fullest. It is in today that one can live his dreams. Whatever you have dreamt for your future will dash to the ground lest you are not alive to see it with your own eyes, it will be of no use.

No, I am not saying that we should not think about our future. But what I am trying to convey is that we should not dwell in our past or in our future. Past cannot be changed and future cannot be predicted. You should plan for the future but you should live your life to the fullest.

You will not get your life back once god decides to take it from you. There are many creatures who are dying to live a life that you are living. But what is the use of it if you do not know how to make full use of the potential lives you have been gifted with. You have been sent on this earth to serve a higher purpose and you should definitely do your part on this stage nicely.

When we die, it is our body that leaves. The soul of a person always remains alive. It keeps on changing bodies like clothes. Have you ever noticed that as soon as a person dies, he is referred to as a body and not a person? This is because his soul has left his body. And without soul, no life is possible. Soul is like the fuel of our body. Without soul, our body is just a lifeless structure of blood and bones.

Different philosophies say different things about reincarnation of life. But according to me, there is no rebirth. It is all in our head. Humans don’t carry their karma to the next birth. Karma is a bitch and she knows how to rub it in your face and pay you back.

She takes the account of your sins and good karma in this birth only. I do not understand why people keep on writhing and whining about the happenings of afterbirth. But they don’t realize that they cannot control what happens to them after their death.

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By now, many of us are familiar with the statement, "an eye for an eye," which came from the bible, so it should be followed as holy writ. Then there was Gandhi, who inspired thousands and said, "an eye for an eye will leave us all blind." This begs the question, which option do we pick to be a good moral agent, in the terms of justice that is. Some states in America practice the death penalty, where some states […]

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Stephen Nathanson’s “An Eye for an Eye”

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Does the Death Penalty Effectively Deter Crime?

The death penalty in America has been effective since 1608. Throughout the years following the first execution, criminal behaviors have begun to deteriorate. Capital punishment was first formed to deter crime and treason. As a result, it increased the rate of crime, according to researchers. Punishing criminals by death does not effectively deter crime because criminals are not concerned with consequences, apprehension, and judges are not willing to pay the expenses. During the stage of mens rea, thoughts of committing […]

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About the Death Penalty

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The Death Penalty should not be Legal

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There have been several disputes on whether the death penalty is morally right. Considering the ethical issues with this punishment can help distinguish if it should be denied or accepted. For example, it can be argued that a criminal of extreme offenses should be granted the same level of penance as their crime. During the duration of their sentencing they could repent on their actions and desire another opportunity of freedom. The death penalty should be outlawed because of too […]

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Capital punishment being either a justifiable law, or a horrendous, unjust act can be determined based on the perspective of different worldviews. In a traditional Christian perspective, the word of God given to the world in The Holy Bible should only be abided by. The Holy Bible states that no man (or woman) should shed the blood of another man (or woman). Christians are taught to teach a greater amount of sacrifice for the sake of the Lord. Social justice […]

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Capital punishment is a moral issue that is often scrutinized due to the taking of someone’s life. This is in large part because of the views many have toward the rule of law or an acceptance to the status quo. In order to get a true scope of the death penalty, it is best to address potential biases from a particular ethical viewpoint. By looking at it from several theories of punishment, selecting the most viable theory makes it a […]

The History of the Death Penalty

The History of the death penalty goes as far back as ancient China and Babylon. However, the first recorded death sentence took place in 16th Century BC Egypt, where executions were carried out with an ax. Since the very beginning, people were treated according to their social status; those wealthy were rarely facing brutal executions; on the contrary, most of the population was facing cruel executions. For instance, in the 5th Century BC, the Roman Law of the Twelve Tablets […]

Death Penalty is Immoral

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The Death Penalty in the United States

The United States is the "land of the free, home of the brave" and the death penalty (American National Anthem). Globally, America stands number five in carrying executions (Lockie). Since its resurrection in 1976, the year in which the Supreme Court reestablished the constitutionality of the death penalty, more than 1,264 people have been executed, predominantly by the medium of lethal injection (The Guardian). Almost all death penalty cases entangle the execution of assassins; although, they may also be applied […]

Cost of the Death Penalty

The death penalty costs more than life in prison. According to Fox News correspondent Dan Springer, the State of California spent 4 billion dollars to execute 13 individuals, in addition to the net spend of an estimated $64,000 per prisoner every year. Springer (2011) documents how the death penalty convictions declined due to economic reasons. The state spends up to 3 times more when seeking a death penalty than when pursuing a life in prison without the possibility of parole. […]

The Solution to the Death Penalty

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Costs: Death Penalty Versus Prison Costs

The Conservatives Concerned Organization challenges the notion that the death penalty is more cost effective compared to prison housing and feeding costs. The organization argues that the death penalty is an expensive lengthy and complicated process concluding that it is not only a bloated program that delays justice and bogs down the enforcement of the law, it is also an inefficient justice process that diverts financial resources from law enforcement programs that could protect individuals and save lives. According to […]

Death Penalty as a Source of Constant Controversy

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Death Penalty is Politically Just?

Being wrongfully accused is unimaginable, but think if you were wrongfully accused and the ultimate punishment was death. Death penalty is one of the most controversial issues in today's society, but what is politically just? When a crime is committed most assume that the only acceptable consequence is to be put to death rather than thinking of another form of punishment. Religiously the death penalty is unfair because the, "USCCB concludes prisoners can change and find redemption through ministry outreach, […]

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George Walker Bush, a former U.S. president, and governor of Texas, once spoke, "I don't think you should support the death penalty to seek revenge. I don't think that's right. I think the reason to support the death penalty is because it saves other people's lives." The death penalty, or capital punishment, refers to the execution of a criminal convicted of a capital offense. With many criminals awaiting execution on death row, the death penalty has been a debated topic […]

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How To Write an Essay About Death Penalty

Understanding the topic.

When writing an essay about the death penalty, the first step is to understand the depth and complexities of the topic. The death penalty, also known as capital punishment, is a legal process where a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. This topic is highly controversial and evokes strong emotions on both sides of the debate. It's crucial to approach this subject with sensitivity and a balanced perspective, acknowledging the moral, legal, and ethical considerations involved. Research is key in this initial phase, as it's important to gather facts, statistics, and viewpoints from various sources to have a well-rounded understanding of the topic. This foundation will set the tone for your essay, guiding your argument and supporting your thesis.

Structuring the Argument

The next step is structuring your argument. In an essay about the death penalty, it's vital to present a clear thesis statement that outlines your stance on the issue. Are you for or against it? What are the reasons behind your position? The body of your essay should then systematically support your thesis through well-structured arguments. Each paragraph should focus on a specific aspect of the death penalty, such as its ethical implications, its effectiveness as a deterrent to crime, or the risk of wrongful convictions. Ensure that each point is backed up by evidence and examples, and remember to address counterarguments. This not only shows that you have considered multiple viewpoints but also strengthens your position by demonstrating why these opposing arguments may be less valid.

Exploring Ethical and Moral Dimensions

An essential aspect of writing an essay on the death penalty is exploring its ethical and moral dimensions. This involves delving into philosophical debates about the value of human life, justice, and retribution. It's important to discuss the moral justifications that are often used to defend the death penalty, such as the idea of 'an eye for an eye,' and to critically evaluate these arguments. Equally important is exploring the ethical arguments against the death penalty, including the potential for innocent people to be executed and the question of whether the state should have the power to take a life. This section of the essay should challenge readers to think deeply about their values and the principles of a just society.

Concluding Thoughts

In conclusion, revisit your thesis and summarize the key points made in your essay. This is your final opportunity to reinforce your argument and leave a lasting impression on your readers. Discuss the broader implications of the death penalty in society and consider potential future developments in this area. You might also want to offer recommendations or pose questions that encourage further reflection on the topic. Remember, a strong conclusion doesn't just restate what has been said; it provides closure and offers new insights, prompting readers to continue thinking about the subject long after they have finished reading your essay.

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Crime and public safety | family of chicago woman missing in bahamas pleads for help finding her.

Taylor Casey, 41, of Chicago, was last seen at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat on June 19, 2024, on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. (Family photo)

Taylor Casey, 41, of Chicago, was last seen at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat. Two days later, the Royal Bahamas Police Force issued a missing person poster on June 21 to alert the public to her disappearance, the family said in a statement posted on social media.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force released a missing poster for Taylor Casey, of Chicago, who disappeared on June 19, 2024. (Royal Bahamas Police Force)

“We are deeply concerned for Taylor’s safety and well-being,” Colette Seymore, Taylor’s mother, said in the statement. “We love Taylor and want her home.”

Her family said Casey has been practicing yoga for 15 years and went to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat to fulfill a long-term goal of deepening her practice. Eager to return to Chicago, the woman her family described as “vibrant and loving” looked forward to sharing her experience with others, the family said.

“I believe Taylor is in danger because she was eager to share her yoga retreat experience with others upon her return,” her mother said in the statement. “Taylor would never disappear like this.”

According to CNN , authorities at a news conference Wednesday said they found Casey’s cellphone in the water, but it’s unclear the distance it was from the yoga retreat.

“We have conducted an extensive investigation into the matter,” Royal Bahamas Police Force Chief Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings said, according to CNN. “Our priority is to find Taylor and to find Taylor in good health.”

They described Taylor as  a light-skinned Black woman , approximately 5-foot-10 and 145 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. They said she wears her hair natural, often covered by a do-rag. 

In a statement to the Tribune, The Yoga Retreat Bahamas said it had notified the U.S. Embassy and Casey’s family about her disappearance. It asked police to investigate, the statement said.

“Ms. Casey’s disappearance was discovered on June 20th when she failed to attend morning classes. The last time she was seen at the retreat was late on the evening of June 19th,” according to the statement. “The Ashram is asking anyone with information on Ms. Casey to contact the local police. In the interim it is collaborating with the authorities on their investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Royal Bahamas Police Force  or the Bahamas Crime Stoppers .

In January, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 2 travel advisory for U.S. citizens traveling to the Bahamas to “exercise increased caution” due to crime.

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Searing heat in Saudi Arabia appeared to at least contribute to many of the deaths.

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Emad Mekay reported from Cairo and Lynsey Chutel reported from Johannesburg.

During the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, one of the most important events on the Muslim calendar, at least 450 people died under a scorching sun as they prayed at sacred sites around the holy city of Mecca.

Amid maximum temperatures that ranged from 108 Fahrenheit to 120, according to preliminary data, and throngs of people, many passed out and needed medical care. The pilgrims, some who have saved their whole lives for the hajj, spend days walking and sleeping in tents during their journey to Mecca, the holiest city for Muslims. The hajj is one of Islam’s five pillars, and all Muslims who are physically and financially able are obliged to embark on the pilgrimage.

Indonesia has so far reported the most deaths, 199, and India has reported 98. The countries said at this point that they could not be sure that heat was the cause of all the deaths, though, relatives of the missing and dead and tour operators have said the heat was at least a contributing factor.

The number of dead is expected to rise as neither Saudi Arabia nor Egypt, where many pilgrims come from, have released death tolls for their citizens.

Egypt is alarmed enough that it has set up crisis centers to receive distress calls and coordinate the government’s response as families brace for a high death toll as many people have been reported missing.

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Nassau County agrees to $700,000 settlement in Walter Perez's Taser death in 2017, court papers show

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Authorities arrive to investigate a disturbance at a house on Doughty Boulevard in Inwood on Sept. 23, 2017. Credit: Jim Staubitser

Nassau County has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the estate of a man who died in 2017 after police used a Taser on him 13 times for 66 seconds — far beyond the department’s protocols — for $700,000, according to court documents and the estate’s attorney.

Lawyers for the county agreed to settle the case on June 12, immediately after one of the officers involved in the confrontation that led to the death of Walter Perez testified during a federal trial in Central Islip. Officer Ray Moran acknowledged under cross-examination by estate attorney Peter S. Thomas that he did not know how many times he fired his Taser at Perez, or the maximum number of times the department’s protocols say the device can be used.

Thomas said Perez was shocked in the torso during the Sept. 23, 2017, confrontation at his Inwood home, even though officers are trained to avoid firing Tasers at the stomach or chest in order to prevent injury to vital organs. The officers who responded to Perez’s home that night, the attorney argued, did not know how to properly use their Tasers. Nassau police protocols prohibit officers from using their Tasers no more than three times, for no more than 15 seconds.

“They far exceeded those limits,” Thomas said.

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Nassau County has agreed  to settle a lawsuit filed by the estate of a man who died in 2017 after police shocked him with a Taser 13 times for $700,000, according to court documents and the estate’s attorney.
  • Walter Perez died after he was shocked multiple times during a Sept. 23, 2017, confrontation with police at his Inwood home.
  • The settlement has to be approved by the Nassau County Legislature’s Rules Committee, which has not yet scheduled a vote on the agreement.

Moran and three other officers involved in the initial struggle with Perez — Nicole Bettes, Jack Castronova and Robert Sacco — were rookies with 18 months or less on the job.

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Thomas said the county offered to settle the case for $50,000 before it went to trial, but then offered $700,000 after U.S. Magistrate Judge Anne Y. Shields called a 15-minute break following Moran’s testimony.

“They reassessed and approached us about resolving this matter, which I was really happy to do,” Thomas said. 

The lawsuit, filed in September 2018, names Nassau County, the police department and unidentified officers as defendants. New York State Attorney General Letitia James’ office investigated Perez’s death and said in a 44-page report released in February 2019 the evidence did not warrant criminal charges against the officers.

The AG’s report did recommend additional training for Moran and the other officers involved, and suggested Nassau police develop training programs on using multiple Tasers against a subject and review methods to defuse incidents in people suffering from mental health crises. Moran testified he received no additional training after Perez’s death.

Spokesmen for Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman and the Nassau Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents officers, did not respond to requests for comment.

A spokeswoman for Nassau police declined to comment, saying she could not discuss ongoing litigation. The settlement still has to be approved by the Nassau County Legislature’s Rules Committee, which has not yet scheduled a vote on the agreement.

Perez, an immigrant from Guatemala who had been in the United States for more than a decade, was 36 years old when he died. Police were called to his apartment shortly after 2 a.m. the day he died by Perez’s landlord, who called 911 to report that Perez was intoxicated, singing, banging on walls and acting belligerent to other residents, according to the attorney general's report.

When Moran, Bettes, Castronova and Sacco arrived at the apartment, they found Perez naked, sweating and bleeding from a swollen right eye. Perez was aggressive, yelling at the officers and holding his hands up in a fighting stance. Sacco stepped outside and called an ambulance, the report said. The officers attempted — without luck — to calm Perez down for about 10 minutes.

“I have something for you,” the attorney general’s report said Perez told the officers. Perez then retreated into his bedroom, which was dark. The officers feared he had gone into the bedroom to get a weapon.

Perez did not have a weapon, but rather than de-escalate the situation, the officers decided to handcuff Perez, who resisted, attempting to punch Moran. Perez lunged at Moran, who deployed his Taser, striking Perez in the chest and abdomen, the attorney general's report said. The report said Moran activated his Taser against Perez seven times.

The Taser did not seem to have any effect, and Perez pushed Moran in a closet.

Bettes also hit Perez six times in the chest and abdomen with her Taser. The officers were able to bring Perez to the ground but he continued resisting, biting the finger of one officer. He went into cardiac arrest and died later that night at a hospital in Queens.

 The New York City medical examiner determined that Perez’s death was caused by “excited delirium due to acute cocaine intoxication following physical exertion with restraint (i.e., handcuffs) and use of a conducted electrical weapon (i.e., a Taser),” the report said.

Thomas said Perez may not have died if the officers had simply turned the restrained Perez on his side.

“After they were able to get control of him and they cuffed him behind his back, and they also shackled his legs, they laid him on his stomach and put pressure on his back and on his neck,” Thomas said. “And therefore, because he was in such an excited state for being tased so many times, and struggling with the police, they in effect asphyxiated him. He couldn’t breathe.” 

Michael O'Keeffe covers Suffolk County police and other Long Island law enforcement agencies. He is an award-winning journalist and the co-author of two books, "The Card" and "American Icon."

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