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    • Death by city

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    • Death by continent

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    • Death by country

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    • Death-related lists

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    • Afterlife

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    • Assisted suicide

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    • Animal death

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    • Causes of death

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    • Children and death

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    • Coroners

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    • Cultural aspects of death

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    • Death customs

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    • Death predictions

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    • Euthanasia

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    • Extinction

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    • Grief

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    • Death hoaxes

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    • Immortality

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    • Legal aspects of death

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    • Medical aspects of death

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    • Men and death

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    • Near-death experiences

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    • Necrophilia

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    • People associated with death

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    • Persons involved with death and dying

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    • Post-mortem

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    • Reactions to deaths

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    • Sacrifice

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    • Senescence

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    • Ships lost with all hands

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    • Undead

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    • Widowhood

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    • Women and death

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    • Works published posthumously

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    • Death

    • Death is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain an organism. Phenomena which commonly bring about death include biological aging (), predation, malnutrition, disease, suicide, homicide, starvation, dehydration, and accidents or trauma resulting in terminal injury. Bodies of living organisms begin to dec ... Read »


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    • Outline of death

    • The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to death: Death – termination of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. Death can be described as all of the following: Death and culture Death care industry – companies and organizations that provide services rela ... Read »


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    • List of English-language euphemisms for death

    • This is a list of notable euphemisms for death and dying in the English language. A euphemism is a common word or phrase intended to soften the harshness of a literal meaning. For example, an American-English speaker would understand the phrase "kick the bucket" to mean "to die," as well as to actually kick a bucket. ... Read »


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    • Animal loss

    • Since humankind first domesticated animals, the death of a pet or an animal to which one has become emotionally bonded can be an intense loss, comparable with the death of a human loved one, or even greater depending on the individual. The death can be felt more intensely when the owner has made a decision to end the p ... Read »


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    • Anticipatory grief

    • Anticipatory grief refers to a grief reaction that occurs before an impending loss. Typically, the impending loss is a death of someone close due to illness but it can also be experienced by dying individuals themselves. The anticipated death can also be from non-illness-related causes such as high suicide lethality, h ... Read »


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    • Anxiety buffer disruption theory

    • Anxiety buffer disruption theory (ABDT) is an application of terror management theory to explain an individual's reaction to a traumatic event, which leads to post traumatic stress disorder. Terror management theory posits that humans, unlike any other organism, are uniquely aware that death is the inevitable outcome o ... Read »


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    • Apparent death

    • Apparent death, colloquially known as playing dead, feigning death, or playing possum, is a behavior in which an animal takes on the appearance of being dead. This form of animal deception is an adaptive behavior also known as tonic immobility or thanatosis. Apparent death can be used as a defense mechanism or as a for ... Read »


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    • Birthday effect

    • The birthday effect (sometimes called the birthday blues, especially when referring specifically to suicide) is a statistical phenomenon where an individual's likelihood of death appears to increase on or close to their birthday. The birthday effect has been seen in studies of general populations in England and Wales,S ... Read »


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    • Bisomus

    • A Bisomus is a tomb large enough to contain two bodies. The ordinary tombs (loci) in the galleries of the Roman catacombs contained one body. It sometimes happened, however, that a space large enough to contain two bodies was excavated. Such a double grave is referred to in inscriptions as locus bisomus. An inscription ... Read »


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    • Compensation law of mortality

    • The compensation law of mortality (late-life mortality convergence) states that the relative differences in death rates between different populations of the same biological species decrease with age, because the higher initial death rates in disadvantaged populations are compensated by lower pace of mortality increase ... Read »


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    • Consciousness after death

    • Consciousness after death is a common theme in society and culture in the context of life after death. Scientific research has established that the mind and consciousness are closely connected with the physiological functioning of the brain, the cessation of which defines brain death. However, many people believe in so ... Read »


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    • Consolatio

    • The Consolatio or consolatory oration is a type of ceremonial oratory, typically used rhetorically to comfort mourners at funerals. It was one of the most popular classical rhetoric topics, and received new impetus under Renaissance humanism. The Consolatio literary tradition ("consolation" in English) is a broad ... Read »


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    • Dead on arrival

    • Dead on arrival (DOA), also dead in the field and brought in dead (BID), is a term used to indicate that a patient was found to be already clinically dead upon the arrival of professional medical assistance, often in the form of first responders such as emergency medical technicians, paramedics, or police. In some jur ... Read »


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    • Dead pool

    • A dead pool, also known as a death pool, is a game of prediction which involves guessing when someone will die. Sometimes it is a bet where money is involved. A typical modern dead pool might have players pick out celebrities who they think will die within the year. Most games start on January 1, and run for 12 m ... Read »


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    • Death and adjustment hypotheses

    • Death and adjustment hypotheses (DAH) is a theory about death and dying that focuses on death anxiety (psychology) and adjustment to death. It was presented by Mohammad Samir Hossain as an answer to the overwhelming anxiety and grief about death. In an attempt to find the resolution to death anxiety, predominantly the ... Read »


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    • Death anxiety (psychology)

    • Death anxiety is the morbid, abnormal, or persistent fear of one's own death. One source defines death anxiety as a "feeling of dread, apprehension or solicitude (anxiety) when one thinks of the process of dying, or ceasing to ‘be’". It is also referred to as thanatophobia (fear of death), and is distinguishe ... Read »


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    • Death Coach

    • The death coach is part of the folklore of north western Europe. It is particularly strong in Ireland but is also found in British and American culture. In Irish folklore, it is known as the Cóiste Bodhar [ˈkoːʃtʲə ˈbˠəuɾˠ], meaning deaf or silent coach, and it is said that the sight or ... Read »


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    • Death drive

    • In classical Freudian psychoanalytic theory, the death drive (German: Todestrieb) is the drive towards death and self-destruction. It was originally proposed by Sabina Spielrein in her paper "Destruction as the Cause of Coming Into Being" (Die Destruktion als Ursache des Werdens), which was then taken up by Sigmund Fre ... Read »


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    • Death education

    • Death education is education about death that focuses on the human and emotional aspects of death. Though it may include teaching on the biological aspects of death, teaching about coping with grief is a primary focus. Death education is formally known as thanatology. Thanatology stems from the Greek word thanatos, mea ... Read »


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    • Death midwife

    • A death midwife or death doula is a person who assists in the dying process much like a midwife or doula does with the birthing process. It is "a community centred response that recognizes death as a natural, accepted and honoured part of life. One might say that death midwifery is to hospice palliative care as the slo ... Read »


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    • Death pose

    • Dinosaur and bird fossils are frequently found in a characteristic posture consisting of head thrown back, tail extended, and mouth wide open. The cause of this posture—sometimes called a "death pose"—has been a matter of scientific debate. Traditional explanations ranged from strong ligaments in the animal's ... Read »


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    • Death rattle

    • Terminal respiratory secretions (or simply terminal secretions), known colloquially as a death rattle, are sounds often produced by someone who is near death as a result of fluids such as saliva and bronchial secretions accumulating in the throat and upper chest. Those who are dying may lose their ability to swallow an ... Read »


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    • Death threat

    • A death threat is a threat, often made anonymously, by one person or a group of people to kill another person or group of people. These threats are often designed to intimidate victims in order to manipulate their behavior, and thus a death threat can be a form of coercion. For example, a death threat could be used to ... Read »


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    • Death trajectory

    • Death trajectory refers to the pattern of dying when one is given a projected death date with limited or no medical recourse for the remaining existence of an individual's life. The death trajectory is dependent on the cause of death, whether it is sudden death, chronic illness, or the long, steady decline in health du ... Read »


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    • Deathbed conversion

    • A deathbed conversion is the adoption of a particular religious faith shortly before dying. Making a conversion on one's may reflect an immediate change of belief, a desire to formalize longer-term beliefs, or a desire to complete a process of conversion already underway. Claims of the deathbed conversion of famous or ... Read »


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    • Deathbed phenomena

    • Deathbed phenomena refers to a range of paranormal experiences claimed by people who are dying. There are many examples of deathbed phenomena in both non-fiction and fictional literature, which suggests that these occurrences have been noted by cultures around the world for centuries, although scientific study of them ... Read »


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    • Dignified death

    • Dignified death is a somewhat elusive concept often related to suicide. One factor that has been cited as a core component of dignified death is maintaining a sense of control. Another view is that a truly dignified death is an extension of a dignified life. There is some concern that assisted suicide does not guarante ... Read »


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    • Elvis sightings

    • A considerable number of people believe that Elvis Presley did not die in 1977, but went into hiding for various reasons and is still alive. This notion was popularized by the books of Gail Brewer-Giorgio and other authors. Several people even claim to have seen Elvis after he was supposed to have died. One rash of all ... Read »


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    • Eternal oblivion

    • In philosophy, eternal oblivion (also referred to as non-existence or nothingness) is the permanent cessation of a person's consciousness upon death. This concept is often associated with religious skepticism and atheism, and is based in part on the lack of objective evidence for an afterlife. Consciousness is the bas ... Read »


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    • Eternal youth

    • Eternal youth is the concept of human physical immortality free of ageing. The youth referred to is usually meant to be in contrast to the depredations of aging, rather than a specific age of the human lifespan. Achieving eternal youth so far remains beyond the capabilities of scientific technology. However, much resea ... Read »


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    • Evolution of ageing

    • Enquiry into the evolution of ageing aims to explain why almost all living things weaken and die with age. There is not yet agreement in the scientific community on a single answer. The evolutionary origin of senescence remains a fundamental unsolved problem in biology. Historically, ageing was first likened to "wear ... Read »


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    • Faked death

    • A faked death, also called a pseudocide, is a case in which an individual leaves evidence to suggest that they are dead to mislead others. This is done for a variety of reasons, such as to fraudulently collect insurance money or to avoid capture by law enforcement for some other crime. People who fake their own deaths ... Read »


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    • Find a Grave

    • Find a Grave is a commercial website that allows the public to access and add to an online database of cemetery records. The site was created in 1995 by Salt Lake City resident Jim Tipton to cater to his hobby of visiting the burial sites of celebrities. He later added an online forum. Find a Grave was launched as ... Read »


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    • Death or departure of the gods

    • A dying god, or departure of the gods is a motif in mythology where a god or an entire pantheon dies or is killed or destroyed. Frequently cited examples of dying gods are Balder in Norse mythology, or Quetzalcoatl in Aztec mythology. A special subcategory is the death of an entire pantheon, the most notable example b ... Read »


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    • Immortality

    • Immortality is eternal life, the ability to live forever. At least one species has potential biological immortality: Turritopsis dohrnii. Certain scientists, futurists, and philosophers have theorized about the immortality of the human body, with some suggesting that human immortality may be achievable in the first fe ... Read »


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    • Incorruptibility

    • Incorruptibility is a Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox belief that divine intervention allows some human bodies (specifically saints and beati) to avoid the normal process of decomposition after death as a sign of their holiness. Bodies that undergo little or no decomposition, or delayed decomposition, are sometimes ... Read »


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    • Information-theoretic death

    • Information-theoretic death is loss of information within a brain to such an extent that recovery of the original person becomes theoretically impossible. Information-theoretic death is an attempt to define death in a way that is permanent and independent of any future medical advances, no matter how distant or improba ... Read »


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    • Karsikko

    • In the Finno-Ugric religion, a karsikko was a set of markings made on a tree somewhere between a deceased person's home and their burial site, which they believed would prevent the dead individual's spirit from coming back. ... Read »


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    • Last words

    • Last words or final words are a person's final articulated words, stated prior to death or as death approaches. Quotations of last words may not be the words spoken immediately before death, as these tend to reflect the mode of death. Last words may not necessarily be written down or accurately recorded, and they may ... Read »


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    • List of Mount Everest death statistics

    • List of Mount Everest death statistics is a list of statistics about death on Mount Everest. For a list of mountaineering deaths on Mount Everest, see List of people who died climbing Mount Everest Examples of known cases See also Dr. Beck Weathers, who is famous for narrowly surviving the 1996 Everest Disaster. ... Read »


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    • Megadeath

    • Megadeath (or megacorpse) is a term for one million human deaths, usually caused by a nuclear explosion. The term was used by scientists and thinkers who strategized likely outcomes of all-out nuclear warfare. The Oxford English Dictionary's first citation for the term is a 1953 article from the Birmingham News, a ... Read »


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    • Mortality displacement

    • Mortality displacement denotes a temporal or temporary increase in the mortality rate (number of deaths) in a given population, also known as excess mortality or excess mortality rate. It is usually attributable to environmental phenomena such as heat waves, , epidemics and pandemics, especially influenza pandemics, fa ... Read »


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    • Near-death experience

    • A near-death experience (NDE) is a personal experience associated with death or impending death. Such experiences may encompass a variety of sensations including detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, total serenity, security, warmth, the experience of absolute dissolution, and the presence of a light. Neur ... Read »


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    • Necropolitics

    • Necropolitics is the use of social and political power to dictate how some people may live and how some must die. Achille Mbembe, author of On the Postcolony, was the first scholar to explore the term in depth in his article of the same name. Necropolitics is often discussed with biopower, the Foucauldian term for the ... Read »


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    • The Order of the Good Death

    • The Order of the Good Death is a death acceptance organization founded in 2011 by mortician and author Caitlin Doughty. The group advocates for natural burial and embracing human mortality. Along with Doughty, members include Sarah Chavez, Director of The Order of the Good Death, Megan Rosenbloom, Director of Death Sa ... Read »


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    • Orphan Wisdom

    • Orphan Wisdom is a philosophical system invented and promoted by Stephen Jenkinson that believes what modern people "suffer from most is culture failure, amnesia of ancestry and deep family story, phantom or sham rites of passage, no instruction on how to live with each other or with the world around us or with our dea ... Read »


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    • Pest house

    • A pest house, plague house, pesthouse or fever shed was a type of building used for persons afflicted with communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, cholera, smallpox or typhus. Often used for forcible quarantine, many towns and cities had one or more pesthouses accompanied by a cemetery or a waste pond nearby for di ... Read »


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    • Plastination

    • Plastination is a technique or process used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts, first developed by Gunther von Hagens in 1977. The water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the original sample. There ar ... Read »


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    • Preventable Years of Life Lost

    • Preventable Years of Life Lost (PrYLL)is an epidemiological measure. It is an estimate of the average years a person would have lived if s/he had not died prematurely due to a preventable cause of death. PrYLL is closely related to Potential Years of Life Lost (PYLL) and like PYLL, it gives more weight than mortality ... Read »


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    • Prohibition of death

    • Prohibition of death is a political social phenomenon and taboo in which a law is passed stating that it is illegal to die, usually specifically in a certain political division or in a specific building. The earliest case of prohibition of death occurred in the 5th century BC, on the Greek island of Delos; dying on De ... Read »


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    • Selection shadow

    • The selection shadow is a concept involved with the evolutionary theories of ageing that states that selection pressures on an individual decrease as an individual ages and passes sexual maturity, resulting in a "shadow" of time where selective fitness is not considered. Over generations, this results in maladaptive mu ... Read »


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    • Sisterhood method

    • The Sisterhood Method is a household survey to estimate maternal deaths, which includes a series of four questions. The Sisterhood Method is one method recommended by the WHO. Although maternal deaths are a major problem in developing countries, high quality data are rare. Yet, numbers are needed for planning in order ... Read »


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    • Taphophobia

    • Fear of being buried alive is the fear of being placed in a grave while still alive as a result of being incorrectly pronounced dead. The abnormal, psychopathological version of this fear is referred to as taphophobia (from Greek τάφος - taphos, "grave, tomb" and φόβος - phobos, "fear"), w ... Read »


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    • Terror management theory

    • In social psychology, terror management theory (TMT) proposes a basic psychological conflict that results from having a desire to live, but realizing that death is inevitable. This conflict produces terror, and this terror is then managed by embracing cultural values, or symbolic systems that act to provide life with m ... Read »


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    • Thanatosensitivity

    • Thanatosensitivity describes an epistemological-methodological approach into technological research and design that actively seeks to integrate the facts of mortality, dying, and death into traditional user-centered design. First coined by Michael Massimi and Andrea Charise from the University of Toronto in a joint pap ... Read »


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    • Tragedy (event)

    • A tragedy is an event of great loss, usually of human life. Such an event is said to be tragic. Traditionally the event would require "some element of moral failure, some flaw in character, or some extraordinary combination of elements" to be tragic. Not all death is considered a tragedy. Rather it is a precise set of ... Read »


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    • Voodoo death

    • Voodoo death, a term coined by Walter Cannon in 1942 also known as psychogenic death or psychosomatic death, is the phenomenon of sudden death as brought about by a strong emotional shock, such as fear. The anomaly is recognized as "psychosomatic" in that death is caused by an emotional response—often fear—to ... Read »


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    • Years of potential life lost

    • Years of potential life lost (YPLL) or potential years of life lost (PYLL), is an estimate of the average years a person would have lived if he or she had not died prematurely. It is, therefore, a measure of premature mortality. As an alternative to death rates, it is a method that gives more weight to deaths that occu ... Read »


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