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Chapter 4 - The Psychology of Death and Dying
Death Systems: Mortality and Society
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What is the death system?
How a society deals with death.
What are five elements of a death system?
People (morticians and funeral directors), places (cemeteries and morgues), times (Good Friday and Memorial Day), objects (tomb stones and obituaries), and symbols (arm bands and wearing black)
Life-threatening, brief, effects many, and causes widespread misfortune.
What stages make up the disaster cycle?
Initial Warning --> Impact --> Rescue--> Rebuilding--> Rehabilitation
Adequate preparation, timely warning effective education, prudent individual response, established disaster relief programs.
A big example of inadequate disaster response costing the country countless lives is....
Where is the standing of the US murder rate in comparison to the rest of the Western world?
We are number one in murder rates, though crime has dropped significantly over the years.
Do more people die from violent crime or suicide?
Suicide, by FAR.
What is the percentile of homes in the urban environments, suburbs, and rural environments that own guns?
30% Urban, 42% suburbs, and 60% rural, yet most crime occurs in rural environments.
Between what ages is an individual most likely to be harmed by a violent crime?
22 and 44.
What is the percent of murders done by someone you know?
At LEAST 60%.
What steps are required to determine death?
Determining what degree of dead someone is.
Define clinical death
No heartbeat, no respiration, ambiguous when you're in a hospital and kept alive by machines.
Define brain death
irreversible loss of functioning in the entire brain, both the cortex and the brainstem
Define cellular death
no pulse, no breathing, irreversible cellular breakdown and deterioration.
Uniform Determination of Death Act
No heartbeat, no respiration, NO brain activity at all.
How many people in the US die every day waiting for an organ?
In 1976, immunosuppressive cyclosporin was invented. Why was this so important?
It's an anti-rejection medication for organ transplants.
What two traits make someone an ideal candidate for organ transplants?
Someone with no other option and someone who will respond well to the surgery.
What are some uses for a death certificate?
Affects insurance, will execution, assists in crime detection, aids genealogy, adds to medical history knowledge.
What is the difference between coroners and medical examiners?
Coroners are elected officials, medical examiners (forensic pathologists) are appointed
What are similarities between coroners and medical examiners?
They determine questionable deaths, assist in public health concerns, investigate institutional deaths.
How widespread is a society's death system?
It spreads into all aspects of their society.
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