Death and Dying

Encyclopedia of Death and Dying

Collection of articles on health, religious, and cultural issues related to death and dying. Searchable. Topic such as abortion, advance directives, Charon and the River Styx, Days of the Dead, end-of-life issues, Jack Kevorkian, suicide, and wakes.

Terri Schiavo Case: Legal Issues Involving Healthcare Directives, Death, and Dying
Compilation of documents and links to information about the court case involving Terri Schiavo, the Florida patient whose feeding tube was removed in March 2005. Topics include legal documents, living wills, the lawyers involved, related cases, power of attorney and health care directives, and commentary. Includes links to related sites. From FindLaw.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Literature and Artwork on Prayer, Ritual, and Meditation From the Religious Traditions of Tibet, India, and Nepal
"Texts" and "Artwork" form the core of this site. "Texts" contains examples of sutras, tantras, and literature devoted to death and dying; explanations and translations of the Books of the Dead; biographies of afterlife experiences; and commentary. "Artwork" contains examples of scroll paintings, statuary, ceremonial art, and commentary. From the University of Virginia Library.

Should We Be Afraid of Death?
In this TEDTalk from National Public Radio (NPR),
philosopher Stephen Cave delves into the simple question: Why are human beings afraid to die?