When we die: The science, culture, and rituals of death $36.95 An unusual and extraordinarily comprehensive book that illuminates the impenetrably dark abyss of Death, the last great taboo. Cedric Mims explores the spectrum of death-related issues including, causes of death: natural death, premature death, accidental death, suicide, euthanasia, and homicide. Near-death experiences, and disposal of corpses: burial & cremation across cultures.