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Understanding the Dying Process

Legal Definition of Death

Uniform Determination of Death Act  
Definition of death

  1. An individual is dead if the individual has sustained either:
    1. irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions; or
    2. irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain, including the brain stem.
  2. A determination of death shall be made in accordance with accepted medical standards.

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A Death Record Form and instructions for completing the document.

Utah State Legislature »
Utah's legal definition of death.

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