The sexy sendoffs are popular in rural parts of the country, where a good turnout at a funeral is seen as a sign of good fortune.
Laws for governing the treatment of dead bodies are murky at best and contradictory at worst, since it's more of an ethical question whether corpses should be treated like people or property.
Sam the Orangutan from Dunston Checks In? He's dead. And the Taco Bell chihuahua? Also dead.
I died on August 19, 2011, near my house in Mesa, Arizona. I was fully engulfed by blackness. That's all there was. I was not in my body, I was not with my body, I was not part of my body, but for a while I was still somehow aware of it all.
The band's new album is a beautiful, melancholic record.
An in-depth look at the situation playing out in the Mediterranean.
Passing a blunt doesn't mean what you think it does, and you should be worried if a nurse talks to you about "pillow therapy."
There's nothing glamorous about throwing it all away too early.
"The gun changes people. When a man has a gun in his hand, he becomes somebody different—the entire power mechanism is changed."
Mercenaries have been a trademark of American foreign policy since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but at least four of those guys are paying a price for treating Iraqis like something other than fellow humans.
After a large-scale disaster, one of the priorities is to identify the corpses, a task that often falls to a disaster-victim-identification expert.
Proto-punk band Death were so ahead of the curve, it's taken us 40 years to recognize their brilliance.
We all know deep down that we just rot. And that's fine. We need to get over it and talk about how we take care of those in the process of dying.
Photographer Yani Clarke spent a month documenting life and death at Nepal's Pashupatinath Temple, where more than 40 bodies are incinerated every day.
Paul Koudounaris's latest book, Memento Mori, takes readers on a tour of death customs around the world. We talked to him about decorating skulls, burying bodies, and celebrating the dead in different cultures.
Fake antimalarial pills sold on the black market have helped create a drug resistant malaria strain. We look at who's selling them and the problems they're causing.
From the black death to the Spanish flu epidemic to last year's Ebola outbreak, what did people do with all those diseased corpses?
Chance the Rapper stars in this short film about a depressed man who buys his death on a website called MrHappy.com.
Traditional burial is an unnatural process that uses a lot of land, and cremation releases carbon into the atmosphere—Katrina Spade thinks there's a better way to deal with dead bodies.
Death masks are the final portrait: a literal mold of a person's face in the moments after they've died.
Did the 1986 version of Transformers desensitize me toward death?
We talked to her about her process, the weirdest cakes she's ever made, and how she feels when she gets accused of "inciting cannibalism."
In today's outrage culture, it's hard to believe that the Italian cannibal-rape films of the 1970s ever received theatrical releases.
In a world where photos of corpses can circulate around the internet and cause distress to grieving families, does it make sense to formally ban anyone taking pictures of dead bodies?