Year: 2001 Source: Issues in Interdisciplinary Care, v.3, no.2, (April 2001), p.137-144 SIEC No: 20040754

This phenomenological study uncovered adults’ perceptions of a good death & asked if assisted suicide might ever be considered. 12 adults in fields not related to health care participated, & concluded that a good death is peaceful & accepted, after life goals have been met, with fond memories, & that it results in respect for the individual’s autonomy with open communication among family members. Assisted suicide was viewed as a viable option if it respected the patients’ personal autonomy. Some recommendations are included regarding the debate & controversy of assisted suicide. (12 refs)