Great Ideas: Death and Dying

“It’s extraordinary that so much time is spent educating people about birth and sex, but so little about this equally profound thing that happens to everyone." Report on a survey of peoples' attitude to death and dying. From The Irish Times.
"NEARLY 30,000 citizens die each year [in Ireland]". So perhaps we should spend a little more time on this issue Op-Ed
Thinking about death makes you more appreciative of the present    
WANT a better 2016? Try thinking more about your impending demise. Link From
Perspectives on life and death    
The New Faces Of Death is a series of profiles and interviews in which Dirge is celebrating women passionately involved in the Death Positivity / Death Acceptance movement. Link Interview with mortician Amber Carvaly
The Order of the Good Death: Welcome to Your Mortality Link
An Examination of the Relationship Between Food and Death in Rituals, Culture, Religion and Society. Link
A child's experience of death Link Blogpost from
Death - our greatest delusion Link From Veratasium. YouTube 8 mins
Lessons of Immortality and Mortality From My Father, Carl Sagan Link From
The strange life of the immortal jellyfish Link The Earth's only immortal species is a tiny transparent jellyfish capable of reverting completely to a sexually immature stage after having reached maturity, as Dr Karl Kruszelnicki explains.
Family Fortunes: "I would prefer to buried without a coffin - just tied to a board" Link "But if this is complicated take the lid off!" Quirky obituary from The Irish Times
Leavetaking: The nurse rings and suddenly I realise my mother is dead Link A daughter writes about finally getting the dreaded phonecall. From The Irish Times.
What’s it like to lose your mother? Link The day a parent dies will age your bones by decades but it has its own inexplicable beauty.
From The Irish Times.
"This Self-Penned Obituary Is One Of The Best We've Ever Read". High praise. "Walt was preceded in death by his tonsils and adenoids in 1935; a spinal disc in 1974; a large piece of his thyroid gland in 1988; and his prostate on March 27, 2000. " From
"We are going to die - and that makes us the lucky ones" Richard Dawkins reading from his book "Unweaving the rainbow". YouTube. 4 mins
Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer Link From
Reporter Scott Simon tweeted his thoughts from his dying mother’s bedside. The tweets went viral at the time. He later recorded those tweets for this animation.
Let's talk about dying - Peter Saul YouTube courtesy of TED. 13 mins
Alan Watts on Death, in a Beautiful Animated Short Film "Death is swept under the carpet in our culture". YouTube. 4 mins
The dying are the great appreciators of this world The perspective of those about to die in a hospice. Text-based from
My Own Life: Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer Writing in the
Top five regrets of the dying From The Guardian
I do not fear death
Roger Ebert writes about his own impending death
This old man Roger Angell reminisces about life. Text-based from
Facing up to the truth about life before death "A few months ago I had a medium- to long-term future, but now I don’t – and coming to terms with that has brought many challenges". From Bridget Megarry The Irish times

‘Death’ on the Hudson river – Three things I learned while my plane crashed

YouTube courtesy of TED. 5 mins
Prepare for a good end of life YouTube courtesy of TED. 6 mins
Matthew O'Reilly: "Am I dying?" The honest answer. YouTube courtesy of TED. 6 mins
Lord Bragg tells us that he would consider taking his own life when the time comes From The Guardian
Carpe Diem - famous scene from Dead Poets Society YouTube 3 mins
"The Snowman" - a wonderful story about life and death for kids Classic 27 minute cartoon. YouTube.
"I miss him, but it's okay"   This video was made as a tribute to Andy by Andy's daughter Alex who is 10yrs old. She speaks about her Dad's death and how her mam told her the truth about her dad's death. YouTube 12 mins
Why are we here? Famous folk give their thoughts. Text-based from
This Guy’s Wife Got Cancer, So He Did Something Unforgettable. He photographed it. Text-based from
At what moment are you dead? TED-Ed. YouTube 6 mins. Pretty cool.
There’s a better way to die, and architecture can help Link The way we die is changing, and the way we build for dying ... well, maybe that should too.
4 mins

Living with grief: A conversation between men

Link Liam Neeson and Anderson Cooper have a heart-to-heart about living with grief after the death of a loved one. Not your usual entertainment interview. YouTube 20 mins via TED
How Can We Prepare For A Graceful Death? Link At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients.
On the Indonesian island of Sulawesi the Torajan people live With Dead Bodies for Weeks—Or Years—Is radition Link 5 min video from National Geographic
There really is no wake like an Irish wake Link Locals in Falveys Bar, Killorglin, Kerry, Ireland paid tribute to a friend. Vimeo 4 mins
Randy Pausch: The Last Lecture YouTube 10 mins
Professor Pausch sits down with Jeff Zaslow and discusses his turmoil in dealing with his impending death and how he's leaving his family. YouTube 5 mins
Within this generation, an extra 30 years have been added to our life expectancy — and these years aren’t just a footnote or a pathology. In this talk, Jane Fonda asks how we can think about this new phase of our lives. Jane Fonda on TED. YouTube 12 mins
Resources/ websites    
So what is palliative care? Link From 2 mins
Compassionate Encouraging people to talk about dying and loss.
Link "...because death and dying is everyone's business"
Plan ahead for how you might like your life to end
Includes a nice introductory video Link Dying Matters is a coalition of 30,000 members across England and Wales which aims to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. Lots of useful leaflets and short videos
Is this why people hope that you 'rest in peace'? twitterpic
Turn your body into a tree after you die Cool idea - what a lovely memorial
What you really think when you read the death notices. Link Cartoon (it's the fifth one down) from the new yorker
Websites for data on death and life expectancy    
Leading cause of death by country From
View selected causes of death and population dynamics for Ireland Link

National cancer registry of Ireland