According to Becker in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Denial of Death” (1973), the knowledge that we as individuals are fated to die is a uniquely human problem, one that can lead to existential despair, mental illness, and paralysis of the will. As a result, he claims, we humans have evolved different methodsContinue Reading

Can drinking #coffee actually lower your death risk? Here’s what a new study found: ? – Cleveland Clinic (@ClevelandClinic) October 17, 2017 Are you a big fan of coffee? Can you not really function if you’ve not had that morning cup? We all have our reasons for lovingContinue Reading

Scientists reduce fear of death by using virtual reality to induce an out-of-body experience — (@PsyPost) May 7, 2017 “Here we wanted to see what the effects were of establishing a strong feeling of ownership over a virtual body, and then moving people out of it, so simulatingContinue Reading

Do People With Mental Illness Really Die 25 Years Younger? @gabehoward29 investigates. . . — PsychCentral (@PsychCentral) April 9, 2017 t’s unreasonable to believe that everyone with mental illness will die 25 years younger – just as it’s unreasonable to believe that everyone in America is missing part of aContinue Reading There’s nothing like having a kid to make you acutely aware of your own mortality. As Jerry Seinfeld observed when he had kids, “Make no mistake about why these babies are here – they are here to replace us.” It’s amazing to look at a baby and realize heContinue Reading

Thinking about death makes people value the future, study suggests — (@PsyPost) December 13, 2015 “Death is a stark reminder that the future is not guaranteed, so it is reasonable to believe that thoughts of personal mortality make one even more inclined to value today over theContinue Reading Middlemore Hospital in Auckland has been criticised over a vague policy, missed opportunities and “unacceptable” delay in treating a man who died from the overwhelming effects of infection. The man, aged in his 60s, went to the emergency department in 2011 suffering severe back pain several weeks after havingContinue Reading

(Visit: More than 2 million people die every year in the United States, almost always in the presence of life-sustaining medical technology. Sometimes the choices posed by medical technology make death the least worst alternative. Yet, choosing death, or letting go, is often a painful and contentious business. BioethicistContinue Reading