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that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct as it applies to business transactions.
Business Ethics
the character of an individual viewed as a member of society; behavior in terms of the duties, obligations and functions of a citizen.
Citizenship
a declaration or public statement of professional standards of right and wrong conduct
Code of Ethics
to hold certain information in trust and not disclose without proper authorization or authority
Confidentiality
(Kohlberg) a stage of moral development in which the expectations of the social group (family, community, and nation) are supported and maintained
Conventional Stage
consists of abstract patterns (the rules, ideas, beliefs shared by members of society) of and for living and dying, which are learned directly or indirectly.
Culture
that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions (Webster)
Ethics
the cultural heritage or identity of a group, based on factors such as language or country of origin.
Ethnicity
a rule of ethical conduct found in some form in most major religions usually phrased, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Honesty - having a sense of honor, upright and fair dealing
Golden Rule
having an sense of honor; upright and fair dealing.
Honesty
fidelity to moral principles
Integrity
rules that govern society
Laws
(synonymous with ethical) Refers to the customs, values, and standards of practice of a group, age, or theory intended to be timeless
Moral
An action is right or wrong becuase a higher authority of some kind says it is
Absolutism
a philosophy that does not focus on the worship of a god or gods.
Non-Theist
the set of values, ideas and opinions of an individual or group.
Philosophy
(Kohlberg) a stage of moral development in which the individual considers universal moral principles which supersede the authority of the group
Post-Conventional Stage
(Kohlberg) a stage of moral development in which moral reasoning is based on reward and punishment from those in authority
Pre-Conventional Stage
(Kohlberg) a stage of moral development in which the individual is characterized as not understanding the rules or feeling a sense or obligation to them. Looking to experience only that which is good or pleasant or to avoid that which is painful.
Pre-Moral Stage
a culturally entrenched pattern of behavior made up of: (1) sacred beliefs, (2) emotional feelings accompanying the beliefs, and (3) overt conduct presumably implementing the beliefs and feelings.
Religion
Moral principles that vary with circumstances.
Situational Ethics
A belief in God or gods
Theism
beliefs that are held in high esteem.
Values
there is no one correct moral standard for all times and all people.
Relativism
enactments by an administrative body governing the jurisdiction of that agency
Rules and Regulations
A place where dead human bodies are kept until identified and/or released for final disposition
Morgue
a public officer whose duty is to investigate the cause of death when the question of accident, suicide, or homicide may be evident, or when there is no doctor present.
Medical Examiner
Coroner
Justice of the Peace
a place of business used in the care and preparation for the funeral and/or final disposition of the dead human body.
Funeral Establishment
A person properly licensed, engaged in, or conducting, or holding himself out as being engaged in:
1. Preparing other than by embalming for burial or dispositon of deceased
2. maintaining or operating a funeral establishment for the preparation and disposition or for the care of dead human bodies.
Funeral Director
agency of federal government created in 1914 to promote free and fair competition by prevention of trade restraints, price fixing, false advertising, and other unfair methods of competition.
Federal Trade Commission   FTC
A person properly licensed who disinfects, perserves , or restores a dead human body.
Embalmer
a state of complete irreversible cessation of metabolic processes leading ultimately to dissolution of organs.
Death
The body of a dead human being, deprived of life, but not yet entirely disintegrated
Dead human body
Corpse
The physical possesion of the dead human body
Actual Custody of the Body
a person engaged in learning the practice of funeral directing and/or embalming under instruction, discretion, or personal supervision of a duly licensed funeral director and/or embalmer
Apprentice
Intern
Resident Trainee
a dead human body intended solely for scientific study and dissection
Cadaver
an appointed governmental body charged with implementing particular legislation
Administrative Agency
that body of law created by Federal and State administrative agencies to implement their powers and duties in the form of rules, regulations, orders, adn decisions. (OSHA, FTC, State Board Rules)
Administrative Law
Court decisions that establish precedent principles
Case Law
a system of jurisprudence based on judicial precedence rather than statutory laws
Common law
having the authority to control disposition although another party has physical possession
Constructive Custody
a funeral director becomes the legal protector of a dead human body from the time of removal until final disposition
Custodian
the removal of a human corpse previously buried in the earth
Disinterment
Exhumation
a policy of courts to stand by a precedent and apply it to all future cases where the facts are substantially the same.  To stand by things decided
Doctrine of Stare Decisis
a rule of action prescribed by an authority enable to enforce it.
Law
that branch of law that related to matters concerned with the disposition of the dead.
Mortuary Law
Mortuary Jurispredence
Funeral Service Law
a law permitting a person of legal age and sound mind to give all or any part of his body to take effect upon his death, or giving the right to another
Uniform Anatomical gift Act
Law created by legislative bodies in contrast to law generated by judicial opinions (case law) and administrative bodies.
Statutory Law
Total and irreversible cessation of brain function as indicated by a flat EEG reading
Brain Death
The absence of all vital signs
Clinical Death
Legal Death
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