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Do you believe in life after death? This section explores the science behind the afterlife, including ghosts, exorcisms, ghost busters and other assorted phenomena.

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How Coffins Work

Made of plain pine or shaped like a shoe, mourners may inter them, suspend them or set them ablaze. Why do coffins have so many forms and functions?


5 Groups Who Claim to Talk to the Dead

5 Groups Who Claim to Talk to the Dead

Some people say they can talk to the dead, and we're not just talking about mediums. Read about people who can talk to the dead at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Death Masks Work

How Death Masks Work

A death mask is the last likeness of a loved one that a family can own. Learn about the history and significance of death masks. See more »

Are you brave enough to face these haunted hotels?

Are you brave enough to face these haunted hotels?

Have you ever stayed in a haunted hotel? Test your knowledge of the most famous haunted hotels with this quiz. See more »

How Embalming Works

How Embalming Works

After President Had the procession taken place prior to the Civil War, the story would have been different. Thanks to Dr. Thomas Holmes and his use of a chemical process to temporarily preserve the bodies of the recently deceased, Lincoln, just like ... See more »

To Star-stuff We Return: The Space Burial Quiz

To Star-stuff We Return: The Space Burial Quiz

Space burial services send your remains into space. Test your knowledge of space burial with this quiz. See more »

How Space Burial Works

How Space Burial Works

What is involved in space burial? Learn how you can have your ashes sent to space in How Space Burial Works. See more »

How Coffins Work

How Coffins Work

Coffins are used in funeral traditions around the world. Learn how coffins are made and the traditions associated with them at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Fact or Fiction: Coffins and Caskets

Fact or Fiction: Coffins and Caskets

Coffins are surrounded by myths and realities. Test your knowledge with the coffin quiz. See more »

What is going on during a near-death experience?

What is going on during a near-death experience?

Near-death experiences have been researched and discussed for some time. Find out what happens during a near-death experience at Discovery Health. See more »

Strange, Spooky, Scary: The Supernatural Quiz

Strange, Spooky, Scary: The Supernatural Quiz

This supernatural quiz will test your knowledge of the unknown. Test yourself with this supernatural quiz. See more »