Thanatology: Study of Death and Dying

At the end of the human life span, people face the issues of dying and death (the permanent cessation of all life functions). North American society in recent years has witnessed an increased interest in the thanatology, or the study of death and dying. Thanatologists examine all aspects of death, including biological (the cessation of physiological processes), psychological (cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses), and social (historical, cultural, and legal issues).