1.4.3 Assessing the quality of dying
Read the following case studies. They are accounts of deaths which take place in different settings. They have been chosen as examples of different deaths and point up some of the complexities which might exist at the time of death. You may be interested to note that they are all based on actual deaths. One of the course testers thought the accounts would be helpful to students who had limited involvement with death and dying since they gave insight into different types and settings of death. You may want to think about the impact the type and place of death has on the quality of dying as you assess the quality of dying in each case. These questions may help you formulate your answers.
How much choice and control did the dying people and their carers have?
Were the dying people and their carers well supported by professional carers?
Did they manage to put their affairs in order?
Do you consider any or all to be ‘good’ deaths and why?