From Lakoff's Berkley lecture a few days ago (via my brother who attended it):
This is a struggle between retionality and religion. If you believe in the Soul, she is alive. If you believe that brain function is neccessary for life, she is dead.
Do not use the word
when talking about Terry Schiavo, as this word elicits the frame of "personhood", i.e., makes her a person, not a corpse.