In this study, a re-examination of the concepts of death & suicide are proposed. The author suggests a classification of “orientations toward cessation”, which encompass the range of attitudes one might have toward one’s own demise. For example: cessation (final); interruption (periodical); & continuation (modal, partial, critical & focal). Examples of behaviors for each of these are given, such as sleep, grief, & using drugs. The similarities between sleep & death are also discussed.