Death Is The Study Of Dying, Death, And Bereavement

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Thanatology James Logan Machin Denver School of Nursing ABSTRACT According to (Liming & Dickenson 2011., p.3) “thanatology is the study of dying, death, and bereavement.” I believe that the study of death will be a topic to be discussed and forever researched. There are many different aspects of death that I believe people can study, rather it be cultural believes, medically researching different processes of death, or even just what your own personal discovery of what death exactly is or what happens after death. No one can interview the dead. No one can find out if death is peaceful, or if there is life after death, or what death feels like. So for this topic of defining thanatology I wanted to look at the studies of peoples near death experiences, interviews from people who are experiencing death, the different cultures behind viewing death, and lastly the communication skills needed for health care professionals to develop in order to discuss death and dying amongst the patient and their family THANATOLOGY Thanatology, as stated earlier, is the study of death, dying, and bereavement. In 1903, Russian scientist, Elie Metchnikoff, who was famous for his work in microbiology and the discovery of phagocytosis, advocated that without consistent attention to death, life sciences would not be complete. Through this argument, Metchnikoff called for the establishment of a science devoted to the study of death. He argued that those who were dying had few or no
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