Stephen Crane, “God Lay Dead in Heaven”

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God lay dead in heaven; Angels sang the hymn of the end; Purple winds went moaning, Their wings drip-dripping With blood That fell upon the earth. It, groaning thing, Turned black and sank. Then from the far caverns Of dead … Read More

Funerals

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The funeral ritual is a set of gestures and words and in some countries dances, accompanying the agony and death of a human being. Anthropologists generally consider that the funeral rituals are one of the foundations of the transition to … Read More

Lord Byron, “Epitaph to a Dog”

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 Near this spot Are deposited the Remains of one Who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, And all the Virtues of Man without his Vices. The Price, which would be unmeaning flattery If inscribed over Human … Read More

W. B. Yeats, “He Wishes His Beloved Were Dead”

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Were you but lying cold and dead, And lights were paling out of the West, You would come hither, and bend your head, And I would lay my head on your breast; And you would murmur tender words, Forgiving me, … Read More

Undeads

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Undead is, in popular culture, dead being that continue to act. Strictly speaking, the term refers to a reanimated corpse, usually by magic, like zombies and, extended sense, the spirits of dead people coming back as ghosts. The reanimated corpses … Read More

Edgar Allan Poe, “Annabel Lee”

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It was many and many a year ago, In a kingdom by the sea, That a maiden there lived whom you may know By the name of Annabel Lee; And this maiden she lived with no other thought Than to … Read More

Senescence

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In biology, senescence (Latin senex , “old man” or “old age”), or aging, is a physiological process that causes a slow deterioration of body functions. Aging exists for most animal and plant species, but not all. Very rare species show … Read More

Edna St. Vincent Millay, “And you as well must die”

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 And you as well must die, belovèd dust, And all your beauty stand you in no stead; This flawless, vital hand, this perfect head, This body of flame and steel, before the gust Of Death, or under his autumnal frost, … Read More

Charlotte Brontë, “On the Death of Anne Brontë”

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There’s little joy in life for me, And little terror in the grave; I’ve lived the parting hour to see Of one I would have died to save. Calmly to watch the failing breath, Wishing each sigh might be the … Read More

Near-death experiences

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Near-death experience (NDE) is a term for a set of “visions” and “feelings” to a consecutive clinical death or advanced coma. These experiments represent a recurrent and specific characterization containing including: disembodiment, full vision of his own existence, the vision … Read More

Emily Dickinson, “If I Should Die”

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If I should die, And you should live, And time should gurgle on, And morn should beam, And noon should burn, As it has usual done; If birds should build as early, And bees as bustling go,– One might depart … Read More

Immortality of the soul and religious traditions

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Immortality is the fact for a living to escape death and stay alive for indefinite period of time, meaning to be eternal. At least since the Egypt of the pharaohs, many religions consider a post-mortem life whose conditions depend on … Read More

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