Should We Be Teaching Kids They Never Have to Die?

I first discovered death when I was four years old. My mother was going through my clothes, deciding what could be passed down to my brother and what could be given away. She did the same with my brother's clothes and when she went to put the items she'd decided to get rid of in a bag, my brother told her to keep them… » 3/15/14 5:55pm 3/15/14 5:55pm

Sallie Mae Publicly Shamed For Harassing A Dead Law Student's Family

Thanks to heavily lobbied-for changes to laws governing debt collection, student loans don't vanish after the loan holders declare bankruptcy. Nor do they vanish when the loan holder dies. Some loan companies have policies in place that erase student debt accrued by a deceased person; others do not. And the ones that… » 1/16/14 6:30pm 1/16/14 6:30pm

An Incredibly Touching Father/Daughter Tribute to Mom Who Died Young

A widowed father, in a tribute to his late wife who died of cancer at 31, staged a photoshoot with the couple's young daughter that's as gorgeous as it is sad as a sort of "farewell" to the house the family once shared. Seriously, grab the onions and a large knife; you're going to need a solid cry alibi to explain away… » 12/17/13 6:15pm 12/17/13 6:15pm

Shock and Denial: Hollywood Mourns Paul Walker on Twitter

It's hard to imagine anyone disliking Paul Walker, whose sudden death this holiday weekend seemed so unlikely that a Twitter hoax insisting that news of Walker's death was in fact a hoax briefly gave hope to would-be mourners on social media. Paul Walker — of the easy-smiling, effortlessly-charming Walkers — couldn't… » 12/01/13 11:30am 12/01/13 11:30am

Rat Poison, Family Feuds, Secrets: The Tragic Death of Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy, the actress perhaps best known for her work as the lovable Tai in Clueless, died on December 20, 2009 at the young age of 32. At the time, her death was breathlessly reported; despite the fact that her career had taken a bit of a hit in her final years and persistent rumors of her having possible… » 11/18/13 4:10pm 11/18/13 4:10pm

Ask a Mortician: Is the Funeral Industry a Horrible Pyramid Scheme?

Did you know that about 15% of the American funeral industry is run by large corporations? "Death is a for-profit business," explains our favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty. Corporate structure sometimes means a funeral director will try to "upsell" products to grieving families. Caitlin's advice: "Know what services you… » 8/29/13 5:10pm 8/29/13 5:10pm