Infanticide is the killing of an infant or young child(ren) by a parent or stepparent; however, specific terminology varies with the age of the victim. Murders occurring within 24 hours of birth are referred to as neonaticides. Those committed after the first 24 hours but prior to 1 year of life are labeled as infanticide.… Continue reading Infanticide


Hospice is a philosophy of care for people who have terminal illnesses and their families through the use of an interdisciplinary team that develops a coordinated, individualized plan of care. The focus of such care is on pain management and symptom control, within the context of maintaining quality of life for the dying patient and… Continue reading Hospice


Funerals are the most commonly recognized bereavement ritual linked to death loss. Bereavement rituals can prove helpful for individuals by offering a way to acknowledge the death, remember the deceased, or understand and openly express feelings. These rituals afford the opportunity to say goodbye and form a new relationship with the deceased. Despite the many… Continue reading Funerals


The term euthanasia often elicits a variety of responses  from  individuals.  The  reactions  may  be related to one’s understanding of what euthanasia is, one’s experience with end-of-life decision making, one’s religious or spiritual belief system, or any number of other factors. This review will attempt to clarify some of the definitions associated with different types… Continue reading Euthanasia


Although all people die, everyone’s dying process is unique. Many people think of dying as merely a physical process, but dying is an experience of the whole person and is influenced by a combination of physical, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual factors. There are as many ways to die as there are to live, so… Continue reading Dying