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Discuss the impact that the place in which people die and the type of death may have upon the quality of dying. Use examples from the case studies in section 12 of Workbook 1 to illustrate your answer.

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Sophia Nichol W6077263 Discuss the impact that the place in which people die and the type of death may have upon the quality of dying. Use examples from the case studies in section 12 of Workbook 1 to illustrate your answer. In this essay I will define what is meant by the term 'A good death'. Using course material I shall discuss way in which people die and also the places where they die and whether this affects their quality of dying. People see the way people die and the place in which they die as affecting their quality of death. There are many ways in which people die for example, illness disease, accidents, and suicide. There are a myriad of different terminal illnesses and diseases that people die from and where and how each is treated can impact on the quality of death. The definition of a good death varies depending on people's different cultures and beliefs (Workbook1, p96). This can be illustrated by looking at the Chinese culture where the belief is that people are reincarnated and that there is life after death; death is performed as a ritual and rather than wearing black at their funerals, as the British culture does, they wear white which is a pure colour. All there deaths are seen in a positive manner and therefore is portrayed as a good death (K260 V.C). ...read more.


When the staff on the hospital ward realised that Vic was deteriorating they made the decision to contact his sons, who then came to visit. The day after, Vic died. If a person dies without regaining consciousness following an accident, it leaves many unanswered questions for the family left behind and they can blame themselves for what has happened. This kind of death can be seen as a bad death to close relatives. However this was not the case for Vic's sons as they felt that because they had been with their father the day before he died that "...he had been released by their visit" (Workbook 1, p99) although they did feel somewhat guilty that they were not at the hospital the day their father died. When people die suddenly or what is suggested as before their time (Bradbury, 2000), then they have not had the chance to arrange the way they want to be buried or perhaps cremated, especially if there is no close family or a Will written. Nursing home or residential home deaths are associated with old age and are seen as being good deaths. The people are usually very old and die of natural causes i.e. old age. Many people go into a residential home because they are unable to cope at home on their own and most are still very able to do things for them selves and tend to reside there for many years. ...read more.


Artists in the nineteenth century portrayed death especially suicides as heroic and romantic although it was seen as morally wrong (K260, V.C.). To decide whether the type of death and the places where people die affects their quality of dying or not, much depends on how people portray death. Believing that a person should die in a certain way means that when someone dies in a different manner to the way one expected, the death can be looked upon in a bad way. Therefore, people only see a good death, as the kind of death that their culture has lead them to believe is good. The person who has died themselves may or may not realise what kind of death they have experienced, as there are no facts or text books on life after death only of near death experiences and it is only the living who are left behind, such as close relatives or friends who can be judgemental about the way a person has died. In this paper, I have discussed the different places where people die, the diverse ways in which people die and what kind of impact that this has on their quality of death. I have concluded that although the places and types of death may have an impact on the person who is dying, they also have a considerable effect on the other people involved. ...read more.

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