Death and dying

This Nov. 16, 2019 photo shows an altar made by mortician and death cafe host Angela Craig-Fournes in honor of Death Cafe founder Jon Underwood, who died in 2017. (Angela Craig-Fournes via AP)
July 01, 2020 - 11:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Panic attacks, trouble breathing, relapses that have sent her to bed for 14 hours at a time: At 35, Marissa Oliver has been forced to deal with the specter of death on COVID-19′s terms, yet conversations about her illness, fear and anxiety haven’t been easy. That’s why she headed...
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Caroline Maloney stands outside HonorHealth's Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center at the end of her overnight shift early Friday, June 26, 2020 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Arizona nurses and doctors find themselves on the frontline as the coronavirus rips through the state, making it one of the world's hot spots. (AP Photo/Matt York)
June 27, 2020 - 12:23 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — They saw the ominous photos: Crowded hospitals, exhausted nurses, bodies piling up in morgues. It was far away, in New York, northern Italy and other distant places. Now, after three months of anxiously waiting and preparing, Arizona nurses and doctors are on the front lines as the...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 file photo a Maasai man, who said he had seen videos on Facebook about protests in the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, jumps next to a new mural painted this week showing Floyd with the Swahili word "Haki" meaning "Justice", in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi, Kenya. Since George Floyd's death in the U.S. state of Minnesota last week, his face has been painted on walls from Nairobi, Kenya to Idlib, Syria. Floyd's name has been inked on the shirts of soccer players and chanted by crowds from London and Cape Town to Tel Aviv and Sydney. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga, File)
June 05, 2020 - 3:25 am
LONDON (AP) — When black men died at the hands of U.S. police in recent years, the news made international headlines. The name of George Floyd has reached the world’s streets. Since his death while being detained by Minneapolis police last week, Floyd’s face has been painted on walls from Nairobi,...
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FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2019, file photo, people walk among headstones with holiday wreaths in Arlington National Cemetery during Wreaths Across America Day in Arlington, Va. Coronavirus has more people addressing their end-of-life planning. And for those who haven't, it’s a great time to take it on. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)
May 06, 2020 - 12:08 pm
Coronavirus has more people addressing their end-of-life planning. And for those who haven't, it’s a great time to take it on. People are traditionally rather hesitant to take the steps that experts suggest — creating an advance directive, writing a will and more — in part because they don’t want...
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An exterior view of the Supreme Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The Netherlands' highest court ruled Tuesday that doctors can carry out euthanasia in patients with advanced dementia if the patient has earlier made a written directive. The Supreme Court ruling solidifies in law a practice that already was being carried out on rare occasions in the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
April 21, 2020 - 10:34 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' highest court ruled Tuesday that doctors can carry out euthanasia in patients with advanced dementia if the patient has earlier made a written directive. The Supreme Court ruling solidifies in law a practice that already was being carried out on rare...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, Richard Eberhardt walks along a corridor at a nursing home in Kaysesberg, France. Countries across Europe are struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic with the dilemma of leaving the elderly and others near death in enforced solitude or whether to allow some personal contact with relatives. At nursing homes, everything is done to keep out visitors who might be infected, and family members are almost always banned from coming to see their loved ones. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)
April 20, 2020 - 4:48 am
HALLE, Belgium (AP) — Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes just wanted to do the humane thing. After so many frail and elderly nursing home residents had been held in seclusion from their loved ones in the first weeks of the lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic, Wilmes said her government...
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A man leans out the window on Mulberry Street in New York's Little Italy and bangs together pot lids to show his support for those in the front lines fighting against the coronavirus pandemic, Monday, April 13, 2020. Citywide people open their windows each evening at 7 p.m. to make noise to support the doctors, nurses, hospital staff, EMT's and front-line workers who are risking their lives every day. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
April 14, 2020 - 9:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The official death toll from the coronavirus soared in New York City on Tuesday after health authorities began including people who probably had COVID-19, but died without ever being tested. Officials reported 3,778 “probable” deaths, where doctors were certain enough of the cause...
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FILE - This Monday, March 23, 2020, file photo shows medical supplies and a stretcher displayed before a news conference at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. Health care workers are dreading the prospect of deciding which patients would get a ventilator that could save their lives. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, Fle)
March 30, 2020 - 9:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A nurse with asthma, a grandfather with cancer and a homeless man with no known family are wracked with coronavirus-induced fevers. They are struggling to breathe, and a ventilator could save their lives. But who gets one when there aren't enough to go around? Health care workers...
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FILE - In this April 3, 1944, file photo Bofors guns used by the Army and Navy are shown lined up at the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio. Not since World War II when factories converted from making automobiles to making tanks, Jeeps and torpedos has the entire nation been asked to truly sacrifice for a greater good. (AP Photo, File)
March 25, 2020 - 4:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — For most Americans alive today, the idea of shared national sacrifice is a collective abstraction, a memory handed down from a grandparent or passed on through a book or movie. Not since World War II, when people carried ration books with stamps that allowed them to purchase meat...
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February 26, 2020 - 4:54 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court ruled Wednesday that a 2015 law banning assisted suicide when being conducted on a "business basis" is unconstitutional. Federal Constitutional Court Judge Andreas Vosskuhle said in the ruling that the ban violates a citizen's right to determine their own death...
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