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Perceptions of good and bad death among Korean social workers in elderly long-term care facilities

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This qualitative study explored the perception of good and bad death among 15 social workers serving in elderly care facilities in Korea. A good death involved dying peacefully without much suffering, dying with family members present, death following a good life, and believing in a better afterlife. A bad death involved burdening children in the dying process, dying after extensive illness, dying isolated from family, and death from suicide. To ensure a good death and avoid a bad death for elders, social workers are encouraged to closely engage with not only elders but also their families.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Counseling, Welfare and Policy, Kwangwoon University, Nowon-gu, Seoul, Korea

Publication date: May 28, 2019

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