The good death: Reaching an inductive understanding

Ronit D. Leichtentritt*, Kathryn D. Rettig

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The study examines descriptions by twenty-six elderly Israelis of a good death. The transcripts of personal interviews were analyzed using phenomenological methods to determine general and essential essences of the good death phenomenon. The good death was perceived as a multidimensional phenomenon based on eighteen general essences that were condensed into five essential essences that included the physiological, personal, interpersonal, social, and cultural domains of life. The good death incorporated past, present, and future time periods; and was underlined by the fundamental wish to establish continuity. The good death description further involved a critical component toward the ways in which death and dying are currently occurring in Israel. The research results call for Israeli policy-makers to more forcefully acknowledge and accommodate the different secular perspectives of the good death into law and to allow individuals more freedom and control over the dying processes and rituals following one's death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-248
Number of pages28
JournalOmega: Journal of Death and Dying
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000


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