I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens.


Welcome to  Speaking of Death. We'd like to encourage conversations about death and dying, our own death and the deaths of those around us. What happens when we die? How might we live better until that moment? Where do our beliefs in death and after death come from? What legacy do we leave behind? We hope to explore these and many other questions surrounding the most universal and least understood event in our existence.

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Recently Added News and Resources


"Today, Recompose — which would convert human remains to soil — is still just a concept. But it's approaching reality, with scientific testing done at Washington State University and legislative support in Olympia."

"“We can’t say with any kind of certainty what the number is going to be, but I don’t think it would be outrageous to say there could be 1,000 people in California who would be getting a prescription in the next year,” said Matt Whitaker, California director of Compassion & Choices, a Denver-based nonprofit that advocates for end-of-life planning, including hospice and palliative care."

The architecture of hospitals and hospices should be reexamined. Let in the light and air!

Funeral home/burial costs MUST become transparent.

Is physician assisted death a "natural" death?

Now we know his intentions!


"Pokémon Go gives players the opportunity to have important conversations about death"

Fascinating interview with Katie Roiphe whose book, The Violet Hour is a study of writers and their approaches to death and dying. 

An Intelligence Squared debate on whether extending lifespans is a good idea or not.

10 Talks on Death:

"Death is a topic that is relevant to us all, and yet it simply isn’t pleasant to talk about. These speakers offer subtle reframes to help us face this fact of life more thoughtfully and with greater compassion."