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- Living to 100 Life
Expectency Calculator (one of Time magazine's 50 Coolest Websites
of 2005) said in 2011 I should last until I'm 87.5, which means I may make it to August, 2044, a good ten years longer
than the other sites' predictions. Hmmm...I think I prefer this
calculator to the other ones. In 2014, it said I should last until
I'm 85 which is still pretty good.
By 2016, after
starting the Always Hungry? diet, losing some weight and lowering my
cholesterol, I was up to 93!
- Death Clock (A few years
back, Death Clock calculated my DoD as April 15, 2036 (79). By 2011,
even though I've lost some weight, my date is sooner - it's down to
Sunday, April 16, 2034. By 2012, it's gone way up to 2060 (I'd be
103), I kind of doubt that one. By 2014, it's at 77. By 2016, 102
(which I suspect is unlikely). Stop back later to see if they were right! ;-> )
- OK Cupid's Death Test (A very detailed test, with
a very similiar DoD to the short Death Clock test - June 2034 (77). Death Test predicts I'll die of
a heart attack; certainly a possibility, though none of my other fat relatives died from heart
disease. In 2014, it predicted I'd die in March 2034 at 77, again
from heart disease. Despite my eating habit improvements, in 2016
they still thought I'd die from heart disease, but this time at 78.)
Longevity Calculator (now hosted by Abaris) says I should make it to 85 (2042). By 2014,
the same calculator said I had a life expectancy of 83 years. In 2016,
they said I had a 25% chance of living to be older than 84 and might
even make it to 92.
Cemetaries and Graves
For Some Serious Discussions of Death and Fatal Illnesses
Death, like taxes, is inevitable, so here are a list of links that talk about planning for the inevitable.
- Death Cafe - meet up with
people in your area to talk about death.
Things I Would Want if I get Dementia, an excellent list from the Alzheimer's Reading
Room. Many of the 16 things apply to anyone with a serious illness.
Ebert's "Go Gentle Into That Good Night", written about four
years before his death
to Plan for a Good Death - Sheila Kitzinger helped make women
question overly-medicalized births.
As she aged, she made plans to die at home. She wrote and had
notarized: "If the time comes when I can no
longer take part in decisions for my own future, I want to receive
whatever quantity of drugs can keep me free from pain or distress,
even if death is hastened. If there is no reasonable prospect of
recovery I do not consent to be kept alive by artificial means. I do
not wish to be transferred to hospital and should like to die in my
own bed." With the support of her family, she was able to die at home.
I Lay Dying Ruminations from journalist Laurie Becklund about
avoiding using cliches about death and illness and about how
metastatic cancer is not being researched or treated properly. She
died six years after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
Sacks - in February 2015, he wrote that he had terminal cancer
and how he felt about that. He died about six months later.
- The Conversation
Project, a project assembled by writer Ellen Goodman to spark
conversations to lead to end-of-life planning between family members
Best Possible Day, an excerpt from Atul Gawande's new book
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.
He's also a proponent of "the Green House Movement," a way for
elderly people who need assisted living can have autonomy and
wtih Compassion - Brittany Maynard was only 29 and made plans to die
before a late-stage brain tumor left her incapacitated. She carried
out her plans and died on November 1, 2014.
- Advanced Care
Planning's Videos on End-of-Life Medical Issues. The videos are
only available through hospitals, but maybe they'll wind up online
without logins & passwords some day. Check with your doctor if you'd
like to see them. The people who
run this organization have the coolest wedding story ever.
- Robert Krulwich on Science: Why
Men Die Younger
Go - Care for Dying Patients by Atul Gawande, who later wrote
- Closure: Changing
Expectations for end-of-life
Silly to Be Frightened Being Dead - 96-year-old British writer
Diana Athill ruminates interestingly
- Cancer.Net Advance Cancer
- Caring Connections: Planning Ahead
- The Guardian - What Really Happens When You Die?
- The New York Times Will We Ever Arrive at the Good Death? by Robin Marantz Henig, 8/7/2005. Even if you haven't
registered to read the Times, if you're curious about the current state of the hospice movement
and some intimate views of death and dying, this article is more than worth the registration.
- Virtual Autopsy
- Grief Beyond Belief
- Beyond Indigo - Death and Dying Grief Support (also a great
deal of information on fatal illnesses)
- NPR's End of life Series
- July 2016, an essay about my mother, Ruth Shonyo Trask
No Longer the World's Slowest Blog Posts About Death
I occasionally blog about issues around death, here are some of my
Other Celebrity Trivia
Dead Death Sites
You just hate to say goodbye to some sites about death...
- Dead at Your Age
- who died at your age? (This was a great site and I am loathe
to remove it from the list, but...sadly...it does seem to have died.)
- Darwin Awards - contains
information about many people who died "creatively"
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