Think newspapers’ obituary sections are just about dying? Think again. They’re celebrations of humanity — with lessons for us all, according to data analyst Lux Narayan.

Forget memorial plaques, tombstones, and traditional funerals. New, high-tech ways to celebrate life and death are emerging, and they’re using your digital data.

As the head of a non-profit that focuses on “end-of-life” care, BJ Miller thinks about death more than most. He shares his answers to commonly-asked questions.

Illustration by Hannah K. Lee

Dying and death confront every new doctor and nurse. Are they trained to cope with mortality? A surgeon weighs in

What happens when first responders honestly answer the question: “Am I going to die?”

This week’s digital mailbag includes thoughts on the late Rita Pierson’s call to educational arms and a very personal response to Stella Young’s argument that just because she’s in a wheelchair, we really shouldn’t see her as being an inspiration.

How World of Warcraft might just save humanity, how Europe isn’t dead, and how you can help a legendary designer read his own obituaries. It must be Friday; today’s must-read stories are all about death.