A good death?
Not many of us can live like David Bowie, but could we die like him?
It seems strange that a death from cancer could be described by one of his closest friends as a 'work of art'. But it was said in wonder at how a man so very famous could die a private death, just after adding to his artistic legacy.
Few of us need worry that our death will be a world news event, but we too desire some control over our passing.
All doctors must have seen a 'good death', even if they wouldn't describe it that way. A death that seemed right and fitting, that the patient chose or at least influenced, and that the best care made possible. And they've definitely seen a bad one too.
As the BMA conducts a major piece of work into end-of-life care we asked you to tell us about a death that touched you, for better or worse. We wanted to know what was special about the patient and the care they received, and about your interactions with them and their families.
Was theirs a death fit for a hero?
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