We spend our days watching ambulances, as Covid-19 rips through the country.
How I’m changing my perspective on life.
We’ve been deprived of the last moments with loved ones and in-person gatherings to mourn together. What can we do to heal?
Some have regrets over unfinished business. For others, the end of an unhappy and complicated relationship just comes as a relief.
For some, the decision to die is more complicated than a wish to reduce pain.
For a forensic cleaner in Mexico City, helping grieving families heal is at the core of his service.
“I did not really understand when people would ask, ‘Why me and why my family?’” a hospice chaplain said. “Now I was asking the same questions.”
My friend was gone. I needed to do something to honor the person she was.
Show us the artifacts that help you memorialize a person or experience lost during the pandemic. Your submission may be included in an upcoming project.
Not a day goes by that speakers of the Yoruba language do not make mention of death as both a phenomenon and a certainty.
Even a cancer death like my friend’s is subject to one of the most brutal cruelties of the pandemic: Being apart.
A state highway patrolman in Arizona, he helped a terminally ill boy become a motorcycle cop and then came up with a plan to help more children realize their dreams.
One hundred thousand people dead. A new, more contagious strain. The toll is close to unbearable.
More Americans are writing end-of-life instructions as the pandemic renders such decisions less abstract. But are medical providers listening?
After Hollywood optioned his devastating essay about his dying wife, Matthew Teague vowed the movie would do right by her. The reviews landed like a gut punch.
Holding a funeral or memorial on a videoconferencing platform like Zoom offers several advantages: It’s easy for distant guests to attend, and you can record it.
An important lesson of 2020 is that preparation for a health crisis is a gift to the people you love. Today’s Well challenge shows you how.
The star of China’s Chongqing Zoo was the world’s oldest panda in captivity. More than 150 of her descendants have lived in several countries.
America’s home-funeral guides want us to be less afraid and more in touch with death.
The Toraja people of southern Sulawesi, one of Indonesia’s largest islands, are known for their elaborate death rituals, which include preserving and exhuming the dead.
Pain, both physical and emotional, is not something to be feared; it’s something to learn to manage, no matter your age, health or time left to live.
I went home to celebrate Frederick’s glorious life and was forced to reflect on my own.
Carlo Acutis, who died at 15 in 2006 and was an early adopter of the internet, was beatified over the weekend, putting him on the path to sainthood in the Catholic Church.
A conversation with the religious scholar Brook Ziporyn on Taoism, life and what might come after.
Many children may learn of a grandparent’s death without a chance to visit to say goodbye.
Timesha Beauchamp, 20, was taken to the funeral home in a body bag. When she arrived, a worker discovered her breathing with her eyes open.
I had never told my father I loved him until he lay dying half a world away, body wrecked with coronavirus.
A palliative care doctor on finding a “good death” for children in the worst situations.
I was searching for facts, for a lost friend, and for what couldn’t be explained.
Why do millions of practitioners of the Jain religion strive to avoid harming even microscopic creatures?
The coronavirus pandemic has drawn new business to start-ups that provide end-of-life services, from estate planning to a final tweet.
In opera, death is an art — one that might light the way to a more mindful conversation about the end of life.
“Do you see my friends?” A year of tragedy along a strip of New York City beaches.
The author learned that loving is just as much about holding on as it is letting go.
These tiny, beautifully crafted objects have helped me to understand and accept my fear of life’s painful departures.
A Christian theologian recounts how her mother’s death affirmed her faith and belief in the afterlife.
A lesson from hospice care, where death is accepted as inevitable, might help.
After her campus closed, a college senior took a job as a temporary morgue worker on the front lines of the pandemic.
Yaakov Shereshevsky has been saying the Viduy, a Jewish prayer, for terminal Covid patients.
Overwhelmed by bodies, funeral homes are struggling to fulfill their mission to grieving families.
We need to be honest with ourselves and our patients. We can’t “do everything” and “save everyone.”
A matriarch to generations, both in the United States and Colombia, she struggled with the coronavirus on a ventilator. They gathered online and in the I.C.U. to prepare for the end.
Across the country, reports are surfacing of long-term couples dying from Covid-19 in quick succession, redoubling the pain for those they leave behind.
In times of crisis, stark images of sacrifice or consequence have often moved masses to act.
More than 50,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus. One of them was Craig Breimhorst.
Prodded by the coronavirus, thousands are making or updating their estate arrangements, but an archaic law requiring two witnesses in person is forcing people to take drastic measures.
A funeral, punctuated with technical difficulties and expressions of deep love, reveals the new rituals we are creating in crisis.
How the pandemic transformed the lives and ministry of eight Manhattan friars, and what their example can teach the rest of us.
Facing death can be a key to our liberation and survival.