Word of the Day 

thanatology \than-uh-TAH-luh-jee\  noun: the description or study of the phenomena of death and of psychological mechanisms for copingwith them 

One of the seminal texts on thanatology is Elisabeth Kübler-Ross‘s On Death and Dyingwhichoutlines the five stages of grief

“In her eight-week yoga for griefcourseStang … uses her background in thanatology—the scientific study of deathdying and bereavement—to educateparticipants about death and normalize their experiences.” — Anna Medaris MillerU.S. News & World ReportJanuary 7, 2015

Did you know?
In Greek mythologyThanatos was the personification of death and the twin brother of Hypnos (Sleep). The ancient Greeks eventually came to use thanatos as a generic word for “death.” Thanatology is a directlinguistic heir of the Greek term and was first documented in English in the mid-1800s. As a sciencethanatology examines attitudestoward death, the meaning and behaviors of bereavement and grief, and other matters. In 1935, the wordthanatos itself made its debut in Englishushered in withpsychoanalytic theory to describe an unconscious tendency toward self-destruction.


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