The magnitude of the loss is overwhelming. Every person who died represents a community, a family or a group of friends who will never be the same.
A small Colorado town maintains the country’s only public outdoor funeral pyre. Philip Incao saw it as his own perfect ending.
The number of known deaths from Covid-19 in the United States will soon reach one million. Listeners reflect on the lives lost.
The limits of expanded access to experimental drugs.
The saddest stories can show us how full of grace the fallen world can be.
In resolution of a federal lawsuit, state health authorities agreed on Monday to stop enforcing the residency requirement and to ask the Legislature to remove it from the law.
Health care researchers argue that hospice facilities could better serve some terminal patients, and ease the burden on exhausted loved ones.
She couldn’t be physically present for her daughter’s life. But she found a way to be there, still.
The novelist Kathryn Davis’s personal and time-shuffling new book, “Aurelia, Aurélia,” is about the death of her husband.
The pandemic has challenged any expectation that we can control our lives and be rescued from loss.
Exploring the dilemmas involving patients, their families and health care providers in end-of-life care. Also: Quotation marks; calling and driving.
I see now that life is a series of peaks and valleys, and it is a fool’s errand to try to flatten them out.
Readers offer personal stories in response to a doctor’s guest essay about advance directives.
A new book offers guidance on how family members can support a critically ill loved one who ends up in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
With the death of Ruth Willig at 98, a Times series on a set of the oldest New Yorkers — chronicled over seven years in 21 articles — offers their lessons on living with loss.
Do advance directives by healthy people actually deliver better care?
Some artists held the spotlight for generations. Others left us lamenting careers cut short. Here is a tribute to those we lost this year.
The pod, known as Sarco, was conceived as a way for people to end their lives without involving a doctor. A plan to introduce it in Switzerland has raised alarm even among right-to-die advocates.
Many of us are taught that if we work hard enough we’ll be able to get over our losses. The social scientist Pauline Boss sees it differently.
The social media profiles of anti-vaccine victims of the pandemic have made them and their families targets of trolling, even after their deaths.
Readers react to a doctor’s essay about regretting her honesty with a dying man.
“It causes huge distress to tell a family, ‘We can’t serve you,’” said one state hospice organization director.
Why a patient in denial is such a challenge for doctors.
In a flurry of streaming television shows, the departed get a second chance. And viewers find an outlet for sorrow and remorse.
Scheduled for execution on Sept. 8, John Henry Ramirez is suing to have his Baptist pastor lay hands on him as he dies.
New research is intensifying the life span debate — with profound implications for the future of the planet.
Until my cancer diagnosis, I did not understand that one future comes at the exclusion of all others.
As a doctor who cares for the dying, I know that direct-care aides are invaluable to patients and their families. We need to honor the work they do.
The business of cryopreservation — storing bodies at deep freeze until well into the future — got a whole lot more complicated during the pandemic.
Time-limited trials offer I.C.U. patients and their families a sense of empowerment in the face of low odds.
The process of acceptance and letting go builds the resilience necessary to navigate an array of life’s obstacles.
Bench knew, played with or played against all of the 10 Hall of Famers who died in the past year. “You sit there and you are numb, and you remember and remember and remember,” he said.
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.