Information on Death and dying
can be found in many libraries as well as at a number of reliable
From this web page, you will find sources from a health sciences
Advance Directives is defined as declarations
by patients, made in advance of a situation in which they may
be incompetent to decide about their own care, stating their treatment
preferences or authorizing a third party to make decisions for
Bereavement refers to the whole process of
grieving and mourning and is associated with a deep sense of
loss and sadness.
Death is the irreversible cessation of all
bodily functions, manifested by absence of spontaneous breathing
and total loss of cardiovascular and cerebral functions.
Euthanasia is defined as the act or practice
of killing or allowing death from natural causes, for reasons
of mercy, i.e., in order to release a person from incurable
disease, intolerable suffering, or undignified death. (from
Beauchamp and Walters, Contemporary Issues in Bioethics, 5th
Living Wills is defined as written, witnessed
declarations in which persons request that if they become disabled
beyond reasonable expectation of recovery, they be allowed to
die rather than be kept alive by extraordinary means.
Right to die is defined as the right of the
patient or the patient's representative to make decisions with
regard to the patient's dying.
Tissue and Organ Procurement is defined as
the administrative procedures involved with acquiring tissues
or organs for transplantation through various programs, systems,
or organizations. These procedures include obtaining consent
from tissue donors and arranging for transportation of donated
tissues and organs, after tissue harvesting, to HOSPITALS for
processing and transplantation.
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searching in EuclidPLUS
(as a MeSH: Medical Subject Heading Search) or in PubMed.
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Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging >>
Ohio Department of Aging >> GoldenBuckeye.com information on Legal Services
Department of Health >> Do Not Resuscitate Comfort Care
Ohio Legal Rights Service >> Advance Directives
U. S. Health Resources and Services Administration >>
Organ and Tissue Donation
U. S. National Institute on Aging >> Getting Your Affairs in Order
U. S. National Institutes of Health
Death and Dying >>
AARP End of Life >>
AARP Internet Resources On Aging >>
Death and Dying web sites
- Deaths >>
Associations and Organizations
Hospice of the Western Reserve >>
National Funeral Directors Association >>
Ohio Funeral Directors Association >>
Ohio Hospice & Palliative Care Organization >>
The appropriate forms for end of life decisions in Ohio are available at this web site.
Advance Directives >>
Choices Living Well at the End of Life >> You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader >>
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