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Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening nor painful, but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body.

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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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"A dwindling group of professionals is tasked with navigating the often fraught passage from life to death."

What a way to go:

"When the pallbearers brought Phil McLean’s coffin into the chapel, there were gasps before a wave of laughter rippled through the hundreds of mourners.

The coffin was a giant cream donut."

News

"Suffering and death are facts of life: “Everyone dies, their bodies rot, and every face becomes a skull."

A girl after my own heart.

"If we think about the end-of-life stage as something that we can have some agency over ... it may demystify it."

This interview includes links to other resources.

"I am not afraid of death; I am afraid of slowly dying. "

Resources

"Drawing significant contributions from the fields of psychology, sociology, medicine, anthropology, law, education, history and literature, OMEGA has emerged as the most advanced and internationally recognized forum on the subject of death and dying."

"SevenPonds reviews nine conversation starters that can help you and your loved ones open up about the last taboo"

“Fears of death feature heavily within illness anxiety and the somatoform disorders, with body checking, frequent medical appointments and reassurance seeking, and requests for medical testing being key behaviours in these conditions”