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Nine in 10 support voluntary assisted dying, unless they're over 70

Nine in 10 Australians back voluntary assisted dying and two thirds say it should be an option even if a person's condition isn't terminal, says a new report.

Lifestyle

Our cemeteries are filling up. Is reusing grave sites the answer?

In death, just as in life, our burgeoning population is posing some problems.

COVID-19

Dying apart, buried together

COVID-19 exposes some of Western culture's deepest prejudices around death and human remains, ingrained by hundreds of years of past mass death events.

Health news

The 'officials' letting down those most vulnerable

University research reveals substitute decision-makers are ill-prepared for their role with many not understanding the law.

Community

When I am dying …

No long, lingering bedside hand-holding for me, writes Peter Leith.

Health news

Australians want to die at home - but do we achieve that goal?

More than 70 per cent of Australians want to die at home, but only 10 per cent of people aged over 70 get their wish.

Grief and Loss

How to offer support to a grieving friend

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance on how to be there for others.

Health

The power of talk - and sharing problems

Problems shared - with qualified listeners – can be lifesaving.

Health news

Residents in these regions are most likely to have heart disease

Revealed: the regions where residents are 50 per cent more vulnerable to Australia’s leading killer.

Prevention

Ischaemic heart disease Australia’s top killer, but dementia close behind

Dementia is now the second leading cause of death among Australian men in 2019, overtaking lung cancer, in data released on Friday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Estate planning & wills

Death and dying taboo topics in too many families, report finds

How to have ‘that’ conversation without upsetting the family continues to be difficult.

Safety Online

Protecting your privacy and security after death

Many of us take steps to secure our privacy while we’re alive, but there’s mounting evidence that we should be equally concerned about the privacy and security risks of our data after death.

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