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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

We're used to seeing and hearing about death in video games. The way it usually works is whoever is dead is killed in some kind of combat. The new game, "A Mortician's Tale," is something entirely different. This game isn't about killing. Instead, it's about death and what happens next. We're not talking about the afterlife; we're talking about the steps that are undertaken (pun intended) to handle the body -- from embalming to burial or cremation. A Mortician’s Tale is unabashedly about death and the realities of the industry that exists around it. How does the old saying go? ‘In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ Death is big business. It’s an uncomfortable fact but a fact nonetheless. So when I heard about A Mortician’s Tale, the idea of it seemed very intriguing. Could death — and even more, being a funeral director — actually be fun? Educational, sure, but it still had to be a game; most of the games I listed earlier are viewed as fairly fun and have quite a fanbase. Read the full story The premise of the game is that the player assumes the role of Charlie, a recent funeral school graduate. Charlie is put in a variety of scenarios which allow her to learn the ins and outs of the industry. The game has gotten generally good reviews (PCGamer.com gave it an 82) but the accolades have also been tempered by complaints about the simplified graphics and the fact that it's quick to master and offers no benefit in reply. But it has drawn particularity high marks for approaching death with a "death positive" attitude."Death positive" is a movement committed to helping people face their fears of death in order to accept death as a natural part of life. In fact, according to the game's developers, it was inspired by Caitlin Doughty and The Order of the Good Death.A Mortician's Tale, created by Laundry Bear, is available for PC and Mac and retails for $14.99.More information on the Death Positive Movement:Death Positive Movement: Order of the Good Death The Death Positive Movement What is the Death Positive Movement Read Full Article

Students at Baylor University in Waco, Texas can now take a course that explores the topic of death and dying. The for-credit class is offered through the college of sociology.  Every day you are one day closer to death. One of the most sought after questions that humans have tried to answer is “what is next—what happens when you die?”For students in Dr. Kathryn Mueller’s SOC 4310: Death and Dying course, students study the process of death and its implications on society. Scholars and academics have studied the dying process for years and now Baylor students can study the process of death and grieving and how it affects our society.  Read the full story College course that explore the topic are not entirely new. Kean University in New Jersey, for example, began offering a death-related course in 2014. The class, taught by  Dr. Norma Bowe was extremely popular. It's not clear if the the course is still offered.How would you feel about taking a class like this? 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
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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

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  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

Imagine a new mother walking down a sunny sidewalk in a big city. She has a coffee in one hand, a bag over her shoulder, and swaddled at her chest is an infant. She is happy. She is going about her daily routine. The only thing strange about the scene: the infant is dead.Read Full Article
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The year is 1969. Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. have recently been assassinated. Riots have swept many large American cities. And now a vibrant and subversive new music form called Rock n Roll is sweeping the nation and about to have its largest coup yet, a massive muddy marijuana-filled outdoor festival called Woodstock.Read Full Article
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