5 TED Talks On Death & Dying You Must Watch

What does it say when the world's No 1 video technology site starts covering the latest trends about death and dying? From end of life planning websites to the most recent ideas of mushroom seeded burial suits, TED covers technology at the cutting edge. It says #deathtech is here to stay.  If you are in the funeral industry, you need to watch or listen to the digital trends that will impact your future business.

TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Over 800 speeches on TED discuss the subject of death and dying. In this post, I want to give you links to 5 of the most watched TED videos on death and dying.

I don't Have Time To Watch Videos!

I understand that the pressure of work can push out time for personal development. With a smartphone in your pocket, any spare time waiting in car while a funeral takes place, or even walking the dog can be used to learn what are the latest funeral trends. 

TED makes it as easy as possible to access the information in the way that you prefer. You can:

  • Download an interactive transcript that is time synced for easy reference.

  • Download the video to watch offline at a convenient time

  • Download an audio mp3 track

  • Listen to podcast

If you want to develop your knowledge, there's no reason consuming the content at a time that works for you in a way that is suitable isn't possible.

Here are 5 TED talks on the subject of death or dying worth watching:

My Mushroom Burial Suit

In this talk Jae Rhim Lee asks the question can we commit our bodies to a cleaner, greener Earth, even after death? With more than 1.3 million views, obviously this is a topic that interests many people. 


We Need A Heroic Narrative For Death

Amanda Bennett and her husband were passionate and full of life all throughout their lives together — and up until the final days, too. Bennett gives a sweet yet powerful talk on why, for the loved ones of the dying, having hope for a happy ending shouldn't warrant a diagnosis of "denial." She calls for a more heroic narrative for death — to match the ones we have in life.


Prepare For A Good End Of Life

Thinking about death is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. In a solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy MacDonald Johnston shares 5 practices for planning for a good end of life.


There Is A Better Way To Die

In this short, provocative talk, architect Alison Killing looks at buildings where death and dying happen — cemeteries, hospitals, homes. The way we die is changing, and the way we build for dying ... well, maybe that should too. It's a surprisingly fascinating look at a hidden aspect of our cities, and our lives.


A Good GoodBye

Don’t plan to die? Bad news – humans have a 100% mortality rate. Yet only 30% of us make end-of-life plans: wills or trusts, advance medical directives and pre-need funeral planning. That leaves 70% of us unprepared and devastated, not if but when a death occurs. Listen to Gail Rubin on why we avoid the topic of death and what we can do to improve end-of-life planning rates so everyone can have a good goodbye.

Do you have a favorite TED talk on death & dying I would love to know. Please contact me and tell me if I've missed one worth watching.