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- n. One who studies death.
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The fulcrum of that movement, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, was lecturing across the country, classes on death and dying were sprouting up on college campuses, and the term “thanatologist” for those who specialized in such studies was coming into widespread use.
Forty years ago, there was no such thing as a grief counselor or grief educator, companioner, facilitator, thanatologist, etc.
Page 35-36: The harpist who sings at the bedside of the dying is the musicologist and thanatologist Therese Schroeder-Sheker.
As a music-thanatologist on the staff of Sacred Heart Hospital, she uses music to bring comfort to the dying.
In the 1990s, after he noticed that his own reaction to the death of his father did not fit the prevailing model, Doka, a former Lutheran minister turned thanatologist, divided grievers into two types: those with an “instrumental” style, who responded in intellectual or action-oriented ways, such as a father who shed few tears when his infant son died but spent weeks in his workroom hand-chiseling a stone memorial, and those with an “intuitive” style, who experience grief with much more outward emotional expression.