The End: How We Die Now

The End: How We Die Now

Today’s end-of-life landscape looks nothing like it did in past generations. As legislation, science, and attitudes change, The Walrus explores what it means to die well

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The End: How We Die Now


Today’s end-of-life landscape looks nothing like it did in past generations. As legislation, science, and attitudes change, The Walrus explores what it means to die well

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When Is Dead Actually Dead?
By Blair Bigham
As a doctor, I can keep somebody breathing even after brain death. How do I make the final call?

Will Millennials Be the First Generation to Stop Fearing Death?
By Sam Juric

Why an increasing number of young people are writing their wills and arranging their funerals

How Five Different Communities Mourn Their Dead
By The Walrus Staff
From blessings to vultures: The Walrus presents one-minute videos featuring different funeral practices

How to Plan Your Death with the Love of Your Life
By Amy Van Den Berg
Many elderly couples across Canada can now fulfill one of their deepest wishes—to die together

What Anne of Green Gables Taught Me about Grief
By Jen Sookfong Lee
When my father was sick and I was left to navigate a new relationship with my mother, I turned to one red-headed rebel

What Happens to Your Social Media Accounts after You Die
By The Walrus Staff
From Facebook to Twitter, here’s what your digital afterlife will look like

Why a Grieving Mother Chose to Become a Funeral Director
By Celie Deagle
After the death of her young son, one woman decided to help other people through the worst moments of their lives

Why Quality of Life Matters, Even in Your Final Hours
By Paul Adams
With right-to-die legislation offering a new way out of pain, what’s the role of palliative care today?

Credits: Producer Lauren McKeon Editors Samia Madwar, Lauren McKeon, Harley Rustad, and Daniel Viola Art direction Natalie Vineberg Audio and video production Sarah Melton and Angela Misri Research Oscar Baker III, Étienne Lajoie, Sarah Melton, and Sharon Nadeem

TAGS: death, dying, time of death, calling death, doctors, millenials, planning, funeral, urn, cemetary, rites, last rites

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