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20 Terms: Death & Dying

June 21, 2013 by  

  • appropriate death = good death; free of distress
  • acceptance
  • accident death
  • advance medical directive = general term for living will, health-care proxy & power of attorney
  • agonal phase
  • algor mortis
  • anger
  • anticipatory grieving = feeling loss before death of person with long illness
  • Balfour’s test
  • bargaining
  • bereavement = feelings of grief, desolation and loss
  • bloating
  • brain death
  • burial options
  • burial rituals
  • clinical dead
  • cloudy eyes
  • comfort care (palliative care) = reducing pain in terminal patients by medication dosage
  • compressed capillaries
  • CPR
  • cremation
  • death anxiety = persistent neurotic belief that you’re about to die
  • death certificate
  • death chill
  • death rattle
  • decomposition
  • denial
  • depression
  • died of old age
  • disarticulated bones
  • discoloration
  • dual-process model of coping = grief theory that people dynamically switch between loss & restoration
  • durable power of attorney = legal document to assign another to make decisions for you
  • electrical stimulation
  • embalming
  • euthanasia = ending a life to avoid pain; considered murder or suicide
  • forensic pathology
  • freeze-dried bodies
  • glassy pupils
  • grief
  • homicide
  • hospice
  • irreversible
  • Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth
  • lifespan development
  • liquefaction
  • lividity
  • living will
  • livor mortis
  • manners of death
  • mortality
  • mourning
  • natural death
  • odds of dying
  • palliative care (comfort care) = typically pain medication for terminal patients
  • pallor mortis
  • passive euthanasia = withholding or refusing food & medicine
  • permanent vegetative state
  • persistent vegetative state
  • postslaughter meat
  • primary flaccidity
  • putrefaction
  • resuscitation
  • rigor mortis
  • skeletonization
  • stages of grief
  • stethoscope
  • suicide
  • thanatology = scientific study of death
  • undetermined cause of death
  • vegetative state
  • voluntary active euthanasia = a type of assisted suicide; means provided, patient controls it
  • wake

 

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