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Glossary of Death and Dying Terms

A selection of terms commonly associated with death, dying, funerals, burials, hospice, palliative care, etc.

Funeral Memory Board
The definition of a funeral memory board and its value at funerals and memorial services in helping the grieving process.

Memento Mori

Casket Bier
The definition of casket bier and the origin of the term.

Direct Cremation
The definition of direct cremation and the origin of the term.

Cryonics
The definition of cryonics and the origin of the term.

Funeral
The definition of funeral and the origin of the term.

Alkaline Hydrolysis
The definition of alkaline hydrolysis and the origin of the process.

Quick Response Code
The definition of quick response code (QRC) and the origin of the term.

Celebrant
The definition of "funeral celebrant" and the origin of the term.

Coffin
The definition of the word "casket" and the origin of the term.

Casket
The definition of the word "casket" and the origin of the term.

Ashes
The definition of "ashes" relative to the cremation process.

Cremation
The definition of "cremation."

Acute Pain
Definition of Acute Pain.

Advanced Directive
Definitions of an Advanced Directive.

Anesthesia
Definition of anesthesia.

Angina Definition
Angina definition

Anticipatory Grief
Definition of anticipatory grief.

Anxiety
Definition of anxiety with descriptive symptoms.

Anxiolytics
Definition and discussion of anxiolytics.

Apnea
Definition of apnea, or absence of breathing.

Around-the-Clock (ATC) Medication
Definition of around-the-clock (atc) pain medication.

Artificial Nutrition Definition
Receiving nutrition in any form other than the taking in of food and fluid through the mouth (orally) is considered artificial nutrition.

Aspiration Pnuemonia
Definition of aspiration pneumonia.

Attending Physician
An attending physician usually has the most significant role in a patient's medical care.

Bouvia v. Supreme Court (CA)
The Supreme Court ruling in California regarding the case of Elizabeth Bouvia.

Breakthrough Pain
Definition of breakthrough pain.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Short definition of CPR

DABDA: The Five Stages of Coping With Death
Definition of DABDA, the five stages of coping with death.

Cheyne-Stokes Respirations
Cheyne-Stokes respirations are defined by irregular breathing.

Chronic Pain
Definition of chronic pain.

Comfort Care - What is Comfort Care
Comfort Care - What is Comfort Care

Definition of a Trust
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Definition of Aspriration
What is aspiration? Find the definition for aspiration, including aspiration pneumonia.

Definition of Grief
A brief definition of grief.

Definition of Prions
Definition of a prion, a factor in Alzheimer's Disease.

Definition: Opioids
Opioids, also known as narcotics, are prescription medications used to treat pain.

Diaphoresis Definition
Diaphoresis is sweating profusely.

Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR)
Short definition of a Do Not Resuscitate Order.

Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare
Brief definition of durable power of attorney for healthcare.

Dyspnea
Definition of dyspnea.

Euthanasia
What is euthanasia? Find the definition of euthanasia here.

Following Physician
A following physician is chosen by the patient to be the doctor in charge of medical care.

Gastrostomy (G) Tube Definition
A gastrostomy tube, or G tube, is a tube that is placed directly into the stomach for long term administration of food, fluids, and medications.

Hospice Diagnosis
A patient is admitted to hospice with a terminal diagnosis that will determine what is covered under the hospice benefit.

Hospice Physician
The hospice physician certifies the patient's terminal illness and oversees the patient's medical care while on hospice.

Hospice
Short definition of Hospice.

Intubation
Short definition of intubation.

Inurnment
Definition of inurnment

Living Will
Short definition of a living will.

Mechanical Ventilation Definition
Mechanical ventilation is the use of a machine to take over active breathing for a patient.

Medicare Hospice Benefit
A benefit of Medicare coverage, it establishes patient eligibility, services provided, and reimbursement for hospice services.

Nasogastric (NG) Tube Definition
A nasogastric tube, or NG tube, is a tube inserted through the nose and into the stomach.

Ostomy Definition
What is an ostomy? Find the definition of an ostomy.

Palliate
Short definition of palliate.

Palliative Care
Brief definition of palliative care.

Palliative Sedation Definition
Definition of palliative sedation.

Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS)
What is physician-assisted suicide? Find the definition of physician-assisted suicide here.

Power of Attorney
Definition of power of attorney.

Pressure Ulcer Definition
Definition of a Pressure Ulcer or Bedsore

Probate Definition
Probate is a legal process that takes place after a death. Find out what it involves here...

Renal Dialysis Definition
Renal dialysis is the process of filtering the blood, the way kidneys normally do, using a machine.

Respite Care - Definition of Respite Care
Brief definition of respite care.

Respite
Respite means relief or a break.

Resuscitation
Brief definition of resuscitation.

Stress - Definition of Stress
Definition of stress.

Sedation Definition
Definition of sedation.

Simultaneous Care
Simultaneous care is a model of care that allows patients and families to recieve palliative care at the same time as curative care.

Skilled Nursing - Definition of Skilled Nursing
Brief definition of skilled nursing.

Suffering - Definition of Suffering
Definition of Suffering.

Terminal Restlessness
A definition of terminal restlessness - a common symptom at the end of life.

Thanataphobia
Definition of thanataphobia.

Thanatology
Definition of thanatology

Total Parentarel Nutrition (TPN) Definition
Total parentarel nutrition (TPN)is an intravenous feeding that provides nutrition and fluids for someone who cannot take in foods and fluid orally.

Death Café
definition of death cafe, what is a death cafe, discussing death, public, openly

Cenotaph
The definition of "cenotaph" and the origin of the word.

Columbarium
The definition of "columbarium" and the origin of the word.

Memory Picture
The definition of a funeral service "memory picture" and the origin of the term. definition of funeral service memory picture, what is a memory picture, origin of memory picture

Preneed
The definition of "preneed" and the origin of the word.

At-need
The definition of "at-need" and the origin of the term.

Green Burial/Natural Burial
The definition of "green burial/natural burial" and the origin of the term.

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