Death—our inevitable destiny—is unavoidable, no matter how hard we try to evade it. However, ensuring that we reach the end with minimal regrets (or better yet, none at all) is something that we can do something about. Maryanne O’Hara, an end-of-life doula and the author of … [Read more...] about A Death Doula reveals the most common regrets so we might learn from them
For the first time ever, scientists have recorded the activity of a dying brain, and their discoveries have given some legitimacy to the common idea that our whole lives “flash before our eyes” before death. The remarkable thing is that the scientists weren’t planning on … [Read more...] about First study of dying human brain gives a glimpse into our final moments
“We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world一the company of those who have known suffering.” - Helen Keller Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the United States. For many 9/11 victims, a voicemail was the only way to … [Read more...] about The Optimist View: How to support someone through grief
After a year of collective loss, Los Angeles woodworker C.C. Boyce has found a new and compelling source of inspiration for her work—death. “I never intended to get into the death care industry,” Boyce says, but now she finds herself contributing to the death positivity … [Read more...] about Lay your loved ones to rest in style these “planturns”
At the Optimist Daily, we’re always on the lookout for solutions—whether they may be for lighter issues like gardening, or for much heavier topics, like how we can best discuss how to prepare for death. Today, we’ll be touching upon the latter. The question of how and when to … [Read more...] about Could AI help prompt doctors to have difficult discussions about death?