Post by Graveyardbride on Dec 1, 2013 13:30:44 GMT -5
What is a Good Death?
Twelve principles of a good death were identified in The Future of Health and Care of Older People by the Debate of the Age Health and Care Study Group.
Principles of a Good Death, according to the Debate of the Age Health and Care Study Group, include:
• Knowing when death is coming, and understanding what to expect. • Ability to retain control of what happens. • Dignity and privacy. • Controlling pain relief and other symptom control. • Choosing where death (i.e., at home or elsewhere) occurs. • Access to information and expertise regarding all aspects of care. • Access to spiritual or emotional support. • Access to hospice care. • Control over who is present and who shares the end. • Ability to issue advance directives to ensure wishes are respected. • Time to say goodbye and control over other aspects of timing. • Ability to leave when it is time to go and not have life pointlessly prolonged.