Living with death and dying
Living with death and dying

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Living with death and dying

A good death?

How would you classify these four deaths? The following comments are from the course testers and authors.

Vic's death was lonely and probably difficult, in that his breathing was laboured as a result of his disease. Seeing his children after five years and being alert enough to recognise them are positive elements in what seemed to be a sad and difficult life.

Li’s death was good in many ways. Her family were with her and prepared, she was not distressed as far as it is possible to tell, and she seemed to have lived a long and satisfying life. All of the course testers agreed that Li’s death was relatively good; some said it was uplifting.

Andrew's death was good in that he was with his close family at the time of his death. Also he remained the centre of decisions and his wishes seemed to be prioritised, even though this created difficulty at times. However, as one of the testers observed, Divya did not seem to be able to express her feelings and her absence could make the death not a good one.

Meg’s husband found the manner of her death very difficult to cope with, both from the shock of it and the violence of the resuscitation. It seems likely that because Meg did survive for so long and did put up a strong fight that she was not ready to die. No one can say whether the actual death was one she would have chosen.


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