If you’re not sure precisely what we’re getting at, be sure to take a look at the section below. Learn more about this concept, which is central to our mission.
- To know when death is coming and to understand what can be expected.
- To be able to retain control of what happens.
- To be afforded dignity and privacy.
- To have control over pain relief and other symptom control.
- To have choice and control over where death occurs (at home or elsewhere).
- To have access to information and expertise of whatever kind is necessary.
- To have access to any spiritual or emotional support required.
- To have access to hospice care in any location including home, not only in hospital.
- To have control over who is present and who shares the end.
- To be able to issue advance directives that ensure wishes are respected.
- To have time to say goodbye and control over other aspects of timing.
- To be able to leave when it is time to go and not to have life prolonged pointlessly.
Smith, R (2000) “A good death”, British Medical Journal, 320 (15 January)