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HowStuffWorks "The Body After Death"

HowStuffWorks "The Body After Death" | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Dying is the natural end to life, but knowing that doesn't make the physical reality of death any easier. Find out what happens to the body as it's dying.
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interesting excerpt: "The pancreas is full of so many bacteria that it essentially digests itself [source: Macnair]. As these organisms work their way to other organs, the body becomes discolored, first turning green, then purple, then black. If you can't see the change, you'll smell it soon enough, because the bacteria create an awful-smelling gas. In addition to smelling up the room, that gas will cause the body to bloat, the eyes to bulge out of their sockets and the tongue to swell and protrude. (In rare instances, this gas has created enough pressure after a few weeks to cause decomposing pregnant women to expel the fetus in a process known as coffin birth.)"

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The new semiotics of death

The new semiotics of death | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

The traditional social and cultural rituals and behaviours associated with death and the process of dying are under review to the extent that a new set of signs, symbols and cultural codes are emerging. In short, a new semiotics of death is emerging, one that will change the way we conduct our rituals, the way we behave and ultimately how we think about death in the 21st century.


Codes that symbolise death

 

Existing codesMasculinePowerlessnessTop-down authorityRitualised uniformityFormal and sombreMourningHidden/closedTemporal remotenessDecayDestructionOne-waySoul immortalityDownLinearity and finalityEmerging codesFeminineChoiceBottom-up responsivenessDiversity and personalisationInformal and funCelebrationRevealed/openNowGrowthConstructionTwo-way and interactiveVirtual immortalityUpCircularity and incompleteness


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 Meaning is like an engine  that creates and is generated by culture. I am amazed that we can catch these changes. 

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Let's talk about death

Let's talk about death | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

It’s not as if the spectre of death and disease is unfamiliar; our research shows that nearly half of those Britons (45%) we surveyed say that they know someone who has suffered a serious illness or injury – and 46% say that these people had to rely on friends and family or the State to make ends meet as a result. And even then, nearly one in five of these families (18%) still had to cut back on either heating and lighting or food at this traumatic time.

Neither is it a lack of options. A wide range of financial protection products is now available to mitigate the risk of an unexpected illness or death. As their name suggests, financial protection products are designed to help protect against the financial repercussions of an individual’s death, terminal illness or critical illness – either by paying out a cash lump sum or by helping to pay off a mortgage. Other financial protection products include income protection plans, whole of life protection plans and even pre-paid funeral plans. These products are widely available through IFAs and online.

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excerpt: "Scientists tell us that one particular bias, called the Current Moment Bias (also known as the ‘power of now’ or ‘time discounting’), makes it difficult for people to imagine themselves in the future, which means that they are unlikely to alter their behaviours and expectations accordingly. This ‘ostrich’ effect can have a negative effect on financial planning."

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» Top 5 Regrets of the Dying - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» Top 5 Regrets of the Dying - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Regrets aren't all bad especially if they can give us an insight about what we may want to change today. Here are Top 5 Regrets of the Dying
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Our unrealistic views of death, through a doctor’s eyes

Our unrealistic views of death, through a doctor’s eyes | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Sometimes medical care can amount to torture.
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excerpt: "These unrealistic expectations often begin with an overestimation of modern medicine’s power to prolong life, a misconception fueled by the dramatic increase in the American life span over the past century. To hear that the average U.S. life expectancy was 47 years in 1900 and 78 years as of 2007, you might conclude that there weren’t a lot of old people in the old days — and that modern medicine invented old age. But average life expectancy is heavily skewed by childhood deaths, and infant mortality rates were high back then. In 1900, the U.S. infant mortality rate was approximately 100 infant deaths per 1,000 live births."

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Cake, Coffee and Death

Cake, Coffee and Death | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

There is a quiet revolution going on in terms of attitudes towards death. What had become, until relatively recently, a taboo topic is starting to enjoy greater coverage and understanding with movements such as Death Cafés, of which more later, encouraging engagement with all its varied aspects. And as attitudes change, so too does the marketing of those companies which cater to consumers’ needs around death.

 

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excerpt: "Death Cafés, events for discussing mortality while also celebrating life, are creating new opportunities for people and businesses. By Ashley Gage and Megan Mooney."

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What Happens to Your Debt After Death? | NakedLaw

What Happens to Your Debt After Death? | NakedLaw | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Don’t just assume your debt’s cleared when you’re dead. Read on to find out what happens to your debt when you’re gone.
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