Death and Dying

Death is an inevitable fact of life. Learn about life expectancy, the different ways to die, in this section.


Murder victims found clutching strands of their attacker's hair aren't the stuff of Hollywood -- rigor mortis is the cause. What makes muscles tighten and joints lock after someone dies?

How does it feel to die? Is there a worst way, or is it totally subjective? What factors make some ways of dying so much grislier than others?

Where you live has a lot to do with how you meet your Maker. See our list of the 15 most common causes of death in the United States, including Diabetes mellitus and heart diseases.

These 15 causes of death make up about 58 percent of all deaths, according to the World Health Organization's World Health Report. Some of these statistics might just surprise you.

Some causes of death stand out for their sheer level of peculiarity. See our list of 7 strange ways to die, including being struck by a tortoise falling from the air and laughing too hard.

Most of us think of water as the healthiest drink in the world. But in abnormal amounts, it can actually cause death. How can a liquid you need to stay alive end up killing you?

Hanging, when carried out with modern techniques, can be one of the quickest and most painless ways to be executed. But not all hangings are designed to be quick and painless.

End of life pain can be reduced with the right treatment. Get expert answers to questions on handling end of life pain in this article.

If your elderly loved one wants to be alert when nearing death, they should be aware of the severity of the pain. Get facts and tips about end of life pain.

Breakthrough pain can be a serious condition. Learn about breakthrough pain and how to treat it.

End of life depression can be a serious condition. Learn about end of life depression and how to treat it.

Many people have a fear of death and pain, but understanding what happens in those final moments might help your fear.