thanatology


than·a·tol·o·gy

noun \ˌtha-nə-ˈtä-lə-jē\

Definition of THANATOLOGY

:  the description or study of the phenomena of death and of psychological mechanisms for coping with them
than·a·to·log·i·cal \ˌtha-nə-tə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective
than·a·tol·o·gist \-ə-ˈtä-lə-jist\ noun

Origin of THANATOLOGY

Greek thanatos + English -logy
First Known Use: circa 1842

than·a·tol·o·gy

noun \ˌthan-ə-ˈtäl-ə-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural than·a·tol·o·gies

Medical Definition of THANATOLOGY

: the description or study of the phenomena of death and of psychological mechanisms for coping with them
than·a·to·log·i·cal \ˌthan-ət-əl-ˈäj-i-kəl\ adjective

thanatology

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Description or study of death and dying and of the psychological mechanisms of dealing with them. One influential model proposed in 1969 by the psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926–2004) described five basic stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance; however, not all dying persons follow a regular, clearly identifiable series of responses to their situation. Thanatology also examines attitudes toward death, the meaning and behaviours of bereavement and grief, and other matters.

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