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postmortem the act of dying; the end of life; the total and permanent cessation of all the vital functions of an organism
prognosis disposed to cause harm, suffering, or distress deliberately; feeling or showing ill will or hatred
mourning keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret.
malignant Muscular stiffening following death
eulogy to reduce (a dead body) to ashes by fire, esp. as a funeral rite.
cancer a health-care facility for the terminally ill that emphasizes pain control and emotional support for the patient and family, typically refraining from taking extraordinary measures to prolong life
tumor a speech or writing in praise of a person or thing, esp. a set oration in honor of a deceased person
wake the period or interval during which a person grieves or formally expresses grief, as by wearing black garments
grave To leave desolate or alone, especially by death
obituary mental or emotional suffering or torment
coffin the ceremonies for a dead person prior to burial or cremation; obsequies
fatalities the art, practice, or work of treating diseases, injuries, or deformities by manual or operative procedures
biopsy a physician or other person trained in medicine who is appointed by a city, county, or the like, to perform autopsies on the bodies of persons supposed to have died from unnatural causes and to investigate the cause and circumstances of such deaths.
autopsy an excavation made in the earth in which to bury a dead body
survivor the act of visiting a dead body
cremation unhealthy condition; poor health; indisposition; sickness
clinical death the intentional taking of one's own life
life a coffin
death certificate having irreversible loss of brain function as indicated by a persistent flat electroencephalogram
homicide the condition of a person when heartbeat and respiration have ceased; irreversible loss of function, esp. breathing and consciousness
casket something designed to preserve the memory of a person, event, etc., as a monument or a holiday.
living will a notice of the death of a person, often with a biographical sketch, as in a newspaper
diagnosis the removal for diagnostic study of a piece of tissue from a living body
terminal “one that is free from avoidable death and suffering for patients, families and caregivers in general accordance with the patients’ and families’ wishes.”.
ethics the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc
illness the treatment of disease by means of chemicals that have a specific toxic effect upon the disease-producing microorganisms or that selectively destroy cancerous tissue
cemetery of or pertaining to examination of the body after death
funeral no longer living; dead.
rigor mortis an officer, as of a county or municipality, whose chief function is to investigate by inquest, as before a jury, any death not clearly resulting from natural causes.
pain the killing of one human being by another
euthanasia any disease characterized by such growths
bereavement a disaster resulting in death
coroner To treat (a corpse) with preservatives in order to prevent decay.
deceased the process of determining by examination the nature and circumstances of a diseased condition
burial inspection and dissection of a body after death, as for determination of the cause of death
embalming the box or case in which the body of a dead person is placed for burial; casket.
hospice a document instructing physicians, relatives, or others to refrain from the use of extraordinary measures, as life-support equipment, to prolong one's life in the event of a terminal illness.
medical examiner a forecasting of the probable course and outcome of a disease, esp. of the chances of recovery
"good death" Also called mercy killing. the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, esp. a painful, disease or condition
chemotherapy an uncontrolled, abnormal, circumscribed growth of cells in any animal or plant tissue; neoplasm
death a person or thing that survives
loss occurring at or causing the end of life: a terminal disease
visitation The act or process of burying
brain death death, or the fact of being dead
grief to hold a wake over a corpse
suicide a certificate signed by a doctor, giving pertinent identifying information, as age and sex, about a deceased person and certifying the time, place, and cause of death
surgery an area set apart for or containing graves, tombs, or funeral urns, esp. one that is not a churchyard; burial ground; graveyard.
memorial the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally

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