What is Death?

Death is the permanent end of the life of a biological organism. Death may refer to the end of life as either an event or condition.


Death – particularly the death of humans – has commonly been considered a sad or unpleasant occasion, due to the affection for the being that has died and the termination of social and familial bonds with the deceased.

Human life cycle death

Causes of death

Death and culture

Philosophy and death

Religion and Death

Main articles





  • Anussati § The ten recollections


Paranormal concepts pertaining to death

Immortality of the Soul

See also

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Death and Culture

Death and Culture This article is about death in the different cultures around the world as well as ethical issues relating to death, such as martyrdom, suicide and euthanasia. Death refers to the permanent termination of life-sustaining processes in an organism, i.e. when all biological systems of a human being cease to operate. Death...

Life and Death

What is the Relationship Between Life and Death?

What is the Relationship Between Life and Death? Life and Death – Death is the foundation of life. Nothing goes to waste. Each death is a door to a new life. This is because the Supreme Being, who exercises free disposal over the creation, allows no waste. He gives existence to...

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Outline of Death

Outline of Death Death is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living  organism. In most cases, bodies of living organisms begin to decompose shortly after death. This outline of death article is provided as an overview of and topical guide to death: What is death? What is Death? What Is The Purpose Of...

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Cleanliness In The Universe

Cleanliness In The Universe Have you ever considered why nature is so clean? Until recently, when human beings began to over-pollute air, water and earth, the natural world has been continually cleansed and purified. Even now, it still preserves its original purity in many regions, mostly where the ways of...


Is Death The Extinction Of Life Or Is It Created As A Bounty?

Is Death The Extinction Of Life Or Is It Created As A Bounty? Is death dissolution, a non-existence, decay, the extinction of life or is it created as a bounty? “Who creates death and life that He may try you, which of you is the best in conduct” Death is...

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Death and Eternity

Death and Eternity Man has an intrinsic feeling of eternity; he feels imprisoned in the narrow confines of the material world and always yearns for eternity. Whoever hearkens to man’s conscious nature will hear it pronouncing eternity over and over again. If a man were given the whole universe, it...

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Death Is An Argument And Proof For Divine Oneness

Death Is An Argument And Proof For Divine Oneness Just as life, which manifests the Divine Grace, is an argument and proof for Divine Unity, indeed even a sort of manifestation of Divine Unity, so too, death, which manifests the Divine Majesty, is an argument and proof for Divine Oneness....


What Is The Purpose Of Death?

What Is The Purpose Of Death? Although we are confined in this impermanent material world, every one of us has an inborn feeling and yearning for eternity. Our desire for the eternal life is so great that the whole universe would not be compensation enough. In fact, this natural inclination...

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What Does A Man Feel Time of Death?

What Does A Man Feel Time of Death? At the time of death, believers experience the opening of windows from their places in Paradise. Prophet Muhammad stated that the souls of such people are drawn out as gently as the flowing of water from a pitcher. Better than that, martyrs...

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Is Death Something To Be Feared?

Is Death Something To Be Feared? For those who believe and do righteous deeds, death is not something to be feared. Although, in appearance, it is decomposition and seems to extinguish the light of life and to destroy pleasures, in fact, it is a discharge from the heavy duties of...


Religious Views on Euthanasia

Religious Views on Euthanasia There are many religious views on euthanasia, although many moral theologians are critical of the procedure. Buddhism There are many views among Buddhists on the issue of euthanasia, but many are critical of the procedure. An important value of Buddhism teaching is compassion. Compassion is used...

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What Is Euthanasia? Euthanasia (“good death”: εὖ, eu; “well” or “good” thanatos; “death“) is the practice of intentionally ending a life to relieve pain and suffering. Different countries have different euthanasia laws. The British House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics defines euthanasia as “a deliberate intervention undertaken with the...


Suicide Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death.[7] Mental disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse—including alcoholism and the use of benzodiazepines—are risk factors.[2][4][8] Some suicides are impulsive acts due to stress, such as from financial difficulties, troubles with relationships, or bullying.[2][9] Those who have...


What Is Thanatos? In Greek mythology, Thanatos (Θάνατος, pronounced in Ancient [tʰánatos] “Death”,[2] from θνῄσκω thnēskō “to die, be dying”[3][4]) was the personification of death. He was a minor figure in Greek mythology, often referred to but rarely appearing in person. His name is transliterated in Latin as Thanatus, but his equivalent in Roman mythology is Mors or Letum. Mors is sometimes erroneously identified...

Christian Views On Suicide

Christian Views On Suicide There has been much debate over the Christian view on suicide, with early Christians believing that suicide is sinful and an act of blasphemy. In modern times, some Christian churches reject this idea, although others still espouse and teach this view. Early Christianity In the fifth century, St. Augustine wrote the book The...


Religious Views on Suicide

Religious Views on Suicide Many of the world’s religions have traditionally condemned suicide because, as they believe, human life fundamentally belongs to God. In recent years many faith traditions have modified their views of suicide and looked more closely at what their role should be, in both prevention and healing....

Jewish Views On Suicide

Jewish Views On Suicide Jewish views on suicide are mixed. In Orthodox Judaism, suicide is forbidden by Jewish law, and viewed as a sin. Non-Orthodox forms of Judaism may instead recognize the act as more akin to a death by a disease or disorder (except in cases of purposeful assisted suicide). Rabbinical scholars (certainly...

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Taoism and Death

Taoism and Death There is significant scholarly debate about the Taoist understanding of death. The process of death itself is described as shijie or “release from the corpse”, but what happens after is described variously as transformation, immortality or ascension to heaven. For example, the Yellow Emperor was said to have...

Consciousness After Death

Consciousness After Death Consciousness after death is a common theme in society and culture in the context of life after death. Scientific research has established that the mind and consciousness are closely connected with the physiological functioning of the brain, the cessation of which defines brain death. However, many believe in some form of life after death, which is a feature of many religions. Neuroscience Neuroscience is a...


Death in Norse Paganism

Death in Norse Paganism Death in Norse paganism was associated with varying customs and beliefs. Not only could a Viking funeral be performed a number of ways, the idea of the soul was associated with various notions, as well as of where the dead went in their afterlife, such as Valhalla, Fólkvangr, Hel, and Helgafjell. The soul The...