Fear of death

Mortals with Ross and Rachel Menzies

Rachel and Ross Menzies - photo by Sarah Wilson

Ross and Rachel might be friends, but Professor Ross Menzies and Dr Rachel Menzies are also father and daughter—both psychologists who have authored their third book together, the fascinating Mortals: How the Fear of Death Shaped Human Society. It examines all the human responses to death across history and examines … Read more

Billy Connolly says the best way to deal with a fear of death is to laugh in its face.

Billy Connolly talks down death using comedy, BBC Scotland

Comedian Billy Connolly says he uses comedy as a way of coping with his fear of illness and death. The Glasgow born comic, who is 78, has Parkinson’s disease and prostate cancer. He discusses his approach in a BBC documentary about comedy, made for BBC Scotland last year. In that, … Read more

When the fear of running out of money is greater than the fear of death.

Five Invitations, from Frank Ostaseski's website.

“Some people fear running out of money more than death itself,” said ABC TV’s financial commentator Alan Kohler’s the other night. You can see why. Kohler was making the point because with the Covid-19 led recession, the worst of which is to come, unemployment will rise, the official definition of … Read more

Is fear of death a factor in some mental illness?

Death Anxiety - cover of InPsych, December 2018.

The article “Death anxiety – the worm at the core of mental illness” argues that death anxiety is a hidden factor in many mental illness, and that this crosses over into many disorders. The article, by Rachel E. Menzies and Associate Professor Ross G. Menzies, was published in the Australian … Read more