This mortal month: February 2016


5 things that we learned about death and dying this month on social media

Taking a look at changing attitudes to death and funeral traditions


A father has made a video game of his son’s battle with cancer

Wired follows the development of That Dragon, Cancer, a video game developed by Ryan Green, during his 4 year old son’s diagnosis with, and subsequent death from, a rare and aggressive form of cancer.


A company in the UK is selling Darth Vader urns

Urns for Ashes, based in Oxford in the UK, have had a 300% increase in inquiries for its Darth Vader urn since the release of the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens.


A mortician in East Baltimore, USA, opens fruit and veg shop

Erich March grew tired of seeing people in his East Baltimore community die of conditions like diabetes and hypertension. He blamed the lack of grocery shopping choices in the neighbourhood so he and his wife decided to open a fruit and veg shop called Apples and Oranges.


Flowing data shows causes of death

Statistician Nathan Yau has visually mapped causes of deaths in the USA over the course of a decade using data from the Center of Disease Control (CDC).


A new app will record global causes of death

The app is the result of a decade-long global collaboration, led by the University of Melbourne and researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. It will help governments in the development of policies to prevent premature deaths.