Online death resources 

Everybody needs a map to get them started when looking for information. Knowing where to go to find relevant and trustworthy information and resources makes the job so much easier.

Over four years, we have been collecting what D2L participants think is useful. They have shared what they have found to be practical, quirky and meaningful when navigating the web for information about death and dying.

  • Advance Care Planning Australia website provides conversation starters, resources and information to assist in preparing an advance care plan.
  • Dying to Talk encourages Australians of all ages and levels of health to talk about dying - to have a conversation with loved ones about your end-of-life wishes will help them to make decisions on your behalf should you be unable to communicate your wishes.
  • My Values website was developed by Dr Charlie Corke, an Australian intensive care doctor. This site takes you through a process to clarify what is important to you, so you can understand the values that underlie your own thinking on matters related to death and dying.
  • The CareSearch website has information about Advance Care Planning and advance directives to communicate a plan for care at the end of life.

  • Good Grief organisation aims to provide free support to people after the death by providing resources about grief including tips and support for many different grief-related topics (eg., how to tell a child someone has died; ways to care for yourself while caring for others; navigating the holidays).
  • Modern Loss is a website welcoming candid conversations about grief, providing many resources, articles and personal stories about grief. You can write and submit your own story about grief, which the website may publish.

  • Years You Have Left to Live, Probably is an animated infographic from Flowing Data that shows how the cookie crumbles in terms of the risk of dying you when you will die and what you will die of according to your age.
  • Extraordinary diagram from Information is Beautiful shows 20th Century Death using a range of data sources to estimate and categorise the total number of deaths for the whole of the twentieth century (please note, this is pre-COVID-19 data).
  • Check out an infographic comparing CPR Survival rates on screen vs real life.
  • The Digital Information World has created an infographic sharing a number of aspects of the history of the Internet.
  • Need a reality check on the volume of digital activity?

  • For those of you who have a passionate interest in digital health futures, the Medical Futurist is a fascinating site that looks at trends and challenges as medicine and technology collide.
  • Explore how the future of health will be driven by digital transformation in this Future of Health video.

  • DeadSocial is a website about end-of-life planning in today’s digital world. A social enterprise providing creative initiatives and many resources to help you plan your digital legacy.

  • Dumb Ways to Die (3:01mins) was originally created by Metro Trains Melbourne as a campaign to increase train awareness which then became a hugely popular online game.
  • Dying for a Laugh (6:22mins) is a short film produced by Greater Manchester Mental Health (UK), with comedians tackling the biggest taboo of them all - death.
  • Watch Monty Python's memorable and enduringly funny Dead Parrot Skit (3:28mins) first filmed in 1969.

  • TED Talks are an innovative way of exploring death and dying from the perspective of different people with different views of accepting or making death a part of a life well lived.
    • Let's talk about dying (13 mins) is presented by Dr Peter Saul an Australian Intensive Care Specialist expressing the need to make clear our preferences for end of life care.
  • The Order of the Good Death is a website focussing on fears of death by exploring anxiety of death, grief and the afterlife. This website provides access to blogs, videos and podcasts on interesting aspects that you may not have thought about including body decomposition.

  • The Departure Lounge was created to start a conversation about the end of life and how we can support people to have a ‘good death’ in the future.
  • The Bucket’s mission is to help people lead more fulfilling lives by embracing their own mortality
  • Before I die is a memento mori, a global art project dealing with death.
  • At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.

  • CarerHelp aims to empower carers to cope with the hard times as well as they can, and to make space for good times as well. When carers feel ready for their role, everybody benefits.
  • The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about advanced illness, palliative care, loss and grief, to people living with illness, family members, people working in healthcare, educators, and researchers.
  • Palliative Care Australia is the national peak body for palliative care.
  • My Aged Care: End of Life Care provides information and supports for this final stage of life.

Last updated 25 October 2023