(noun) The study of death and dying.
Example: A thanatologist interested in the social aspects of death could research the funeral home industry or rituals.
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- Thanatalogy focuses on numerous aspects of death such as aging, coping mechanisms, grief, and rituals.
- A (noun) thanatologist studies (adjective) thanatological topics such as (noun) thanatomania (the belief that one is fated to die because of being cursed), (noun) thanatophilia (the fascination of death that a (noun) thanatophile exhibits), or (noun) thanatophobia (the fear of death).
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- Kearl’s Guide to Sociological Thanatology: trinity.edu