This blog concerns itself with the concept of ‘a good death’. Death is inevitable and no matter how carefully we look after ourselves or how many life extending procedures we undertake we all die. But the way that we die can be vastly improved and should not be accompanied by pain. These days the physical pain can be medicated to some extent, but there is also the emotional pain and the loss of dignity that needs addressing.
Until recently people died in their own surroundings comforted by family and friends, whereas today most deaths occur in hospitals and nursing homes with only twenty-one percent occurring at home.
This blog will address the collective public denial of this issue and address the media’s role in the representation of ‘death and dying’ suggesting ways of improving same.