“Nailah didn’t understand how Jahi could be dead when her skin was still warm and soft and she occasionally moved her arms, ankles, and hips.” Read Full Article

We now rely on robots to find our way, find our mates, do our most difficult surgery, cook our coffee, go for a jog, and even, as was reported last year in Forbes, care for our children. Read Full Article

Digital Dying recently wrote about a southern Louisiana reporter named John Desantis, “the type of old-school, wild-haired, chain-smoking keeps-a-police-scanner-in-his-car-which-also-serves-as-an-office journalist that Hollywood directors used to make movies about.” Read Full Article

In the frigid lavender dawn, when many of us are still in bed, or clutching our warm coffee cups or huddled around stoves, or in warm vehicles or train cars on our way to work one person is already at their post, located at your local park, post office, or court house, about to do their job: raise the flag. Read Full Article
Holiday Heart

The condition was first reported in the early 1970s, though it likely dates back to the invention of the wine goblet, approximately 12,000 years ago. Read Full Article

Do elephants have the power to vote? Read Full Article

Yes, there was an election the other day—though of course you already knew that. Because we live in a time when even races for county commissioner and school board can become mud-slinging, dark money-funded death matches whose results are calculated in real time, hashed out live by drooling analyst armies on the news then devoured on social media. Of course, paying close attention to politics is vital to the democracy, and great for TV ads, but there is one spot on the ballot that often goes unnoticed: coroner. Read Full Article
Caitlin Doughty book signing

The funeral industry has a true celebrity, Caitlin Doughty. She is a mortician, a New York Times bestselling author, and a leader in the budding “death positive” movement. Just google her and you’ll see that she is getting lots of attention. I’ve been familiar with Caitlin for a few years since our Justin Nobel first interviewed her for Digital Dying. She is not your father’s mortician. Read Full Article

Several years ago, our Justin Nobel discussed the the way some Middle Eastern cultures hire women to weep and wail at funerals. At the time, many many Westerners were surprised by the practice which actually has a very long history. Read Full Article

The news was devastating, and it came in dribs and drabs. First there were three dead. Then five. Then seven. The tally now rests at eight. Read Full Article
Hurricane Harvey lonely death

Hurricane Harvey is responsible for killing at least 47 people in Texas. According to a story last week in the New York Times, at least several of these people died alone. Read Full Article

At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio last year, Texas Senator Ted Cruz made a powerful and inflammatory statement. Read Full Article

The heat is on. Read Full Article

  Step aside Juan Ponce de León, the long-sought secret to longevity may not be a mysterious Florida spring, but a Chinese cave. Read Full Article

John DeSantis is the type of old-school, wild-haired, chain-smoking keeps-a-police-scanner-in-his-car-which-also-serves-as-an-office journalist that Hollywood directors used to make movies about. Read Full Article
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