Death FAQs:


Q: Is death the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism?

A: Yes.

Q: Is death in distinguishing it from life?

A: Yes.

Q: Is death more of a process than a single event?

A: Yes.

Q: Is death now seen as a process?

A: Yes, and more than an event: conditions once considered indicative of death are now reversible.

Q: Is death also part of many cultures?

A: Yes, and particularly the settlement of the deceased estate and the issues of inheritance and in some countries, inheritance taxation.

Q: Was death once defined as the cessation of heartbeat and of breathing?

A: Yes, but the development of CPR and prompt defibrillation have rendered that definition inadequate because breathing and heartbeat can sometimes be restarted.

Q: Is death neither necessary nor sufficient for a determination of legal death?

A: Yes.

Q: Is death a key to human understanding of the phenomenon?

A: Yes.

Q: Is death required, doctors and coroners usually turn to "brain death" or "biological death" to define a person as being dead?

A: Yes, people are considered dead when the electrical activity in their brain ceases.

Q: Is death described by the term afterlife?

A: Yes.

Q: Are deaths related to senescence?

A: Yes.

Q: Is death different in different parts of the world?

A: Yes.

Q: Is death often called eternal oblivion?

A: Yes.

Q: Is death counted officially when it is registered by existing family members at a cartório?

A: Yes, and a government-authorized registry.

Q: Is death personified in many cultures?

A: Yes, and with such symbolic representations as the Grim Reaper, Azrael, the Hindu God Yama and Father Time.

Q: Are deaths among children under 15?

A: Yes, and people predominantly die of infectious diseases.

Q: Is death the center of many traditions and organizations?

A: Yes, customs relating to death are a feature of every culture around the world.

Q: Is death distinguished from reversible death?

A: Yes.