Considering a Good Death in Ghana
For the Southern Ghanaians the characteristics of a Good Death included:
- A good death was a peaceful death.
- "Peaceful" in this community meant:
- The dying person had finished up all of his or her business.
- The dying person had made peace with others before his or her death.
- The dying person was at peace with his or her own death.
- A good death is one that does not occurs as a result of:
- Fearsome disease
- Foul means (play)
- A good death is one that occurs without much pain.
- A good death comes naturally after a long and well-spent life.
- A good death takes place in the home, surrounded by children and grandchildren.
- A good death is a death which is accepted by the relatives.
For these residents of this rural community in Ghana the epitome of a Good Death is a peaceful one that occurs at home, surrounded by children and grandchildren.
Common Requirements of a Good Death
Their requirements of a Good Death are very similar to those wished for by people in the United States, or in the United Kingdom. Perhaps there are some common characteristics of a good death that defy many cultural and national boundaries.
Van der Geest, S. Dying peacefully: considering good death and bad death in Kwahu-Tafo, Ghana. Social science & medicine 58:55, 899-911. March 2004. 8 November 2006.