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Death is the irreversible cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism. The remains of a former organism normally begin to decompose shortly after death. Death eventually and inevitably occurs in all organisms. Some organisms, such as Turritopsis dohrnii, are biologically immortal, however they can still die from means other than aging. Death is generally applied to whole organisms; the equivalent for individual components of an organism, such as cells or tissues, is necrosis. Something that is not considered an organism, such as a virus, can be physically destroyed but is not said to die, as a virus is not considered alive in the first place.

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Organizations relating to Death

European Cell Death Organization / Zwijnaarde, Belgium / Est. 1994
International Campaign for Establishment and Development of Oncology Centres / Port Said, Egypt / Est. 1996
H6 / Est. 2008
International Network on the Definition of Death / Havana, Cuba / Est. 1995
LittleBigSouls / Peterborough, UK
Death Watch International / Harrow, UK
Cairdeas International Palliative Care Trust / Aberdeen, UK
International Bureau for Declarations of Death / Est. 1952
Nordisk Forening for Palliativ Vård
International Commission for the Decennial Revision of the International Lists of Diseases and Causes of Death / Est. 1929
European Association for the Social Rehabilitation of Dying / Est. 1981
International Commission for the Revision of Nomenclature of Causes of Death / Est. 1900
Fédération européenne des associations de parents d'enfants décédés de mort subite / Est. 1989
World Federation for Cancer Care / Est. 1982
Europäische Totentanz-Vereinigung / Bamberg, Germany
Children's Wish Foundation International / Atlanta GA, USA / Est. 1978
International Observatory on End of Life Care / Lancaster, UK
Oeuvre Notre-Dame de Montligeon / La-Chapelle-Montligeon, France / Est. 1884
Little Company of Mary / London, UK / Est. 1877
Additional Convention Relating to the Liability of the Railway for Death of and Personal Injury / Est. 1966
Convention on the Declaration of Death of Missing Persons, 1967 / Est. 1967
Regulations Regarding Nomenclature with Respect to Diseases and Causes of Death / Est. 1949
Convention Relating to the Authentication of Certain Deaths / Est. 1966
Regulations no 1 Regarding Nomenclature of Diseases and Causes of Death / Est. 1948
Protocol for Extending the Period of Validity of the Convention on the Declaration of Death of Missing Persons / Est. 1957
Benelux Convention on Co-decedents / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1972
Convention on the Law Applicable to Succession to the Estates of Deceased Persons / The Hague, Netherlands / Est. 1989
International Agreement Relating to Statistics of Causes of Death / Est. 1934
Convention Concerning the International Administration of the Estates of Deceased Persons / The Hague, Netherlands / Est. 1973
Convention Concerning the Liability of the Shipowner in Case of Sickness, Injury or Death of Seamen / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1936
Convention on the Declaration of Death of Missing Persons, 1950 / Est. 1950
International Survivalist Society / Est. 2002
SIDS Europe / Est. 1991
Partnership for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health / Est. 1987
Global Blood Safety Initiative / Est. 1988
Nordic Association on Care for the Terminally Ill
International Study Group on Natural Unexpected Death / Est. 1975
International Institute for the Study of Death / Miami FL, USA / Est. 1985
Institute for Global Health, San Francisco CA / San Francisco CA, USA / Est. 1999
Children's Vaccine Initiative / Est. 1990
Death Online Research Network / Est. 2013
European Convention on Products Liability in Regard to Personal Injury and Death / Strasbourg, France / Est. 1977
SIDS International / Est. 1987
International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death / Est. 2004
Balkan Medical Union / Chisinau, Moldova / Est. 1932
African Palliative Care Association / Kampala, Uganda / Est. 2004
International Society for Terminal Care / Est. 1987
International Cell Death Society / Flushing NY, USA / Est. 1995
WHO Tobacco Free Initiative / Est. 1980
Fédération francophone Internationale de Soins Palliatifs / Est. 2013

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World Problems relating to Death

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Forest decline
Irreversible coma
Infant mortality
Maternal mortality
Human consumption of animals
Sudden unexpected infant death
Abortion-related deaths of mothers
Unknown toxicity of drugs
Prison deaths
Death and disability from inhumane confinement
Perinatal mortality
Sea-bird deaths
Induced abortion
Death by execution
Death threats
Planned obsolescence
Pedestrian accidents
Dying intestate
Death of a spouse
Ancestor worship
Prenatal wrongful death
Unequal regional distribution of deaths

Action Strategies relating to Death

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Rehabilitating degraded land
Recording dying languages
Conserving endangered languages
Caring for the chronically ill
Providing hospice care
Determining cause of death
Studying death
Reducing road accident deaths and injuries
Reducing maternal mortality rates
Denying death
Researching sudden unexpected infant death
Preventing injuries to children
Donating body to science
Burying the dead
Preventing child deaths
Researching infant mortality
Prolonging the dying process
Being victorious over death
Preventing whale beaching
Treating corpses
Sentencing to death
Dying intestate
Dying a bad death

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