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What Constitutes a Good and Bad Death?: Perspectives of Homeless Older Adults

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This qualitative study explored perspectives toward a good or bad death among 21 older homeless adults residing in transitional housing. Using grounded theory approach, the themes for a good death were (a) dying peacefully; (b) not suffering; (c) experiencing spiritual connection; and (d) making amends with significant others. Themes for a bad death were (a) experiencing death by accident or violence; (b) prolonging life with life supports; (c) becoming dependent while entering a dying trajectory; and (d) dying alone. Healthcare professionals need to develop approaches for end-of-life care grounded in understanding unique needs of older homeless adults.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Social Work, San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA 2: Department of Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA 3: School of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Publication date: August 9, 2015

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