No one likes to think or talk about death and dying. But it’s a reality we all face-more and more people are taking charge of how they will live out their final days. This becoming known as the “good death.”
Through life, we want to have as many new experiences as possible but in the end what really matters are the simple things. This is found in many cultures and known as socioemotional selectivity theory. We simply want companionship. Most importantly, the patient must be content with the decision. Which means, as hard as it may be, ask them what would make them comfortable-giving a sense of control. A “good death” can be achieved just by talking about it.
In recent research, patients and families claim there are three important factors to consider.
- Being pain free
- Being in a good head space
- Patient is in an environment comfortable for them
Hospice’s main goal is helping with all of these factors. With legislation changing constantly, hospice care is becoming easier to choose. Nearly all insurance (private and public) covers hospice care. 80% of patients are cared for at home, making them feel as comfortable as possible. In return, making for a “good death.”
All in all, comfort and being content are the top priorities. Hospice care professionals take pride in honoring the wishes of the patient.
So take the time to think about how you would prepare for your “good death.” What would make you most content at the end?