Year: 2006 Source: Death Studies, v.30, no.6, (July-August 2006), p.511-527 SIEC No: 20060961

The issue of whether suicide can be a good death was separated into 2 different questions: 1) can suicide be an appropriate death, & 2) can suicide be a rational death? Several definitions of an appropriate death were proposed & suicide was seen as potentially appropriate. Similarly, several criteria for rationality were proposed & suicide was seen as sometimes meeting these criteria. Thus, suicide can be sometimes conceptualized as a “good” death. (11 refs.)