Destiny, Alyssa L., Presley, Lydia, Jade, & Miranda

What is Thanatology?

  • Scientific study of death and dying.
  • It investigates the mechanism and forensic aspects of death, such as bodily changes that accompany death and post-mortem period, especially with the reactions of dying from the Greek word "'thanatos".

The Investigation

  • There is an investigation of ways to lessen the suffering and address the needs of the terminally ill, and their survivors.

Stages Of Dying

  1. Deny that they are dying
  2. Anger/resentment that it is gonna happen
  3. Bargin with God for a little while
  4. Depressed
  5. Peaceful acceptance - trying to tie up the loose ends for themselves and their loved ones.

Other Information

  • Dying away from home is a realitivly new phenomenon, and is primarily an outgrowth of our mechanized society.
  • A merging trend use of hospice care.
  • Common complaints from Thanatologists is that our society refuses to admit that death exists.

Discussion Questions

  1. If your loved one was on the verge of dying, would you choose hospice or would you take care of them yourself? Explain why.
  2. Are you afraid of dying? Why or why not?
  3. What emotions do you express when you have someone close to you that has just died or is about to? Explaiin why you have these.
  4. What way would you prefer to die if you could choose?
  5. What do you believe a person feels when they are dying?