Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of death and dying, especially in their psychological and social aspects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of human aspects of death and the associated grief and rituals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A description, or the doctrine, of death.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The doctrine of death; a discourse on death.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of science that studies death (especially its social and psychological aspects)

Etymologies

Greek thanatos, death + -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From thanato- + -ology. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 'thanatology', haven't see that word used since Heinlein died, which is what will happen to all of us if we don't get it together folks!

    Crapometer Questions 3

  • She founded the palliative medical field of music -- thanatology and the Chalice of Repose Project, which trains teachers in palliative music vigils with the dying.

    Alison Rose Levy: What Would You Do If You Did Not Fear Death?

  • Using personal experience or anecdote instead of research to guide treatment has been a big problem with applied thanatology all along.

    The Truth About Grief

  • In addition to holding yearly conferences, ADEC is also in the business of minting grief specialists with a certificate in thanatology, or awarding them a CT.

    The Truth About Grief

  • If they really want to know the reason why, says Edwin Shneidman, professor emeritus of thanatology at the University of California, Los Angeles, they will have to perform what he calls a "psychological autopsy" -- a search, not for an underlying illness, but for the triggering events that opened Foster's despair like a trapdoor.

    The Mystery Of The White House Suicide

  • The rest of the books were too clinical, written by some PhD in psychology or some “expert” in thanatology.

    The Life You Longed For

  • It should not be surprising that a new science, thanatology, or death with dignity, is on the way to putting death to death.

    THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND

  • He concentrated on psychology and got a master's level certificate in thanatology, the study of death and dying.

    The Herald-Mail Online

  • University in 1996; master's degree in human science with a concentration in psychology and a master's level certificate in thanatology (the study of death and dying) from Hood College in

    The Herald-Mail Online

  • Ms Ware is a therapeutic musician with a knack for the healing power of the harp and a certificate of contemplative musicianship from the Chalice of Repose, a US training centre for music thanatology.

    The Canberra Times - Front Page

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