Dating service for terminally ill people

Till Death Do Us Part is a new free dating site that purports to connect people with terminal illnesses. I don't think it's a joke, but the creator is all about a sense of humor, quoting Robert Anton Wilson on the front page: "Please pardon my levity, I don't see how to take death seriously. It seems absurd." From the press release:
 Prfiles 2009 02 05 1207824 Gi 0 Tddup.Mastheadlogo.6X1.5 is profoundly different from other dating sites. We're dealing with people who know they are facing imminent death. They are aware that their days are numbered and they know, more or less, how long they have to live. This service does not require members to answer the frivolous questionnaires other dating sites provide, although they can if they want to. We are not interested, as we are sure our clients are not either, in the inane, trivial and essentially meaningless come-ons and delusional fantasies of finding the perfect mate. We assume our members don't care if someone's eyes are blue or green, whether they wear glasses or not. According to Marketing Director Joseph DiAngelo, "This site is designed to cut through the superficiality and embrace issues we think are most meaningful -- the desire and need for understanding, compassion, empathy and comfort between human beings facing their greatest challenge..."

Disclaimer: Worldly hang-ups don't belong here. If you have a profound sense of irony and humor, we welcome you. If not, this site may not be for you.
"Announcing The World's First Dating Service for the Terminally Ill" (press release), Till Death Do Us Part (


  1. It’s a lovely idea. And a first-rate movie pitch. As they used to say in Spy mag – “Answer the door, I think it’s Oscarâ„¢.”

  2. hm, i think it’s kind of brilliant. i mean, lots of people don’t want to date someone who is dying, it comes with it’s own baggage that nonterminals wouldn’t understand, and hell, why should anyone die alone? This way you get an understanding partner who knows what they’re in for right out of the box. I like it.

  3. “This way you get an understanding partner who knows what they’re in for right out of the box. I like it.”

    Well, but that is the purpose of personal descriptions. This dating site is isolating people with a single trait, just because that aspect may be hard to empathize with or explain. Perhaps then we need a dedicated dating site for anarchists, or amputees, or lawyers (jk). Every time we subdivide patrons of dating sites I assume it becomes harder for people to find their best fit. And I’m not ready to write off people with and without terminal illnesses as incompatible just yet.

    I do like how the site downplays the “frivolous questionnaires” of other dating sites. Though if so frivolous, why do the other sites use them? They help people find their best fit, worldly hang-ups and all. The site has really nice ideas, but not really good ones.

  4. Adesazz, I think you underestimate the impact of a terminal illness upon a person’s relationship eligibility.

    And I’m almost certain that there are dating sites for anarchists, amputees, and lawyers. We just don’t know about them. Hell, here you go:

    Not to mention one of the wonderful things about the internet: there’s nothing stopping someone from having a profile on both the specific dating site and the general one.

  5. Great post David :)

    Please pardon my levity

    Still better than waiting till one’s introduction line becomes: “Please pardon my lividity…”

  6. I think this site is a great idea. But I fear that some of its participants may become targets for scams. Some people could falsely join the site in order to seduce these vulnerable people and get them to leave their assets to them.

  7. It sounds like an excellent idea to me. A normal person is almost certainly not going to want to enter into a relationship with someone who is terminal. You’re just setting yourself up for loss.

    On the other hand, two people with similar life expectancies, when you lose them you’re probably near death anyway.

  8. Thank you for illustrating how out of my element I am, D. The crux of my umbrage seems to be the suggestion that terminal illness is so damning in context of relationships (we’re all terminally ill?). Ideally one wouldn’t have to create new dating profiles to cater to each “disability,” but then in retrospect I guess I have a pretty rosy schema of terminal illness. I blame the media.

  9. I wonder if non-terminally ill people are welcome. I’m willing to bet that there’s an entire subset of the population that wishes to date a dying person. Sort of a lack of commitment thing, coupled with a need to nurture.

    At least, I’ve seen one too many chick-flicks with such a subject.

    I think this is neat.

  10. @#3 POSTED BY EH

    When I saw this I immediately wondered if they’d have problems with tourists like Marla showing up.

  11. That site, if it’s legit, will have the highest strike rate short of a hooker bar.

    The horniest period of my life, lasting around 6 months, was right after I was diagnosed with cancer and given a 50% chance of surviving 5 years.

    Nothing like a good, strong whiff of your own mortality to give you teh sekseh.

    Hey behbeh,
    I’m dyin’, mehbeh.

    Worked like a charm… Though I think the haunted eyes had something to do with it.

  12. This is interesting and I am not really quite sure how to respond. The idea obviously came from a need.
    All I can say is wow. This is an honest site that takes a strong confident person to join.

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