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Table 2 Categories which define a "good death" in medical (palliative care) literature.

From: Life at the end of life: beliefs about individual life after death and "good death" models - a qualitative study

a) Care:
- Symptoms' control (pain, diarrhea, vomiting, breathlessness, etc.)
- Avoiding a useless prolongation of the process of dying
- Control of anxiety and other psychological symptoms (not dying with fear)
- Being assisted by a staff in order to make the process of dying more comfortable
b) Relational and social aspects:
- Respect of cultural diversity
- Respect and acknowledgment of the cultural rules of dying (a death that happens within the current rituals of the cultural environment of reference)
- Emotional support provided to patients, their families and close friends
- Good communication between patient/family/close friends/caring staff
- Having close people nearby
- Family acceptance of the patient's condition
- Not feeling a burden for family and friends
c) Preparation:
- Awareness of diagnosis and prognosis (awareness of dying)
- Choice of where to die
- Maintaining a sense of control (possibility of controlling relevant aspects of one's own existence and/or deciding what and when to delegate to others)
- Maintaining a dimension of continuity of life right to the end
d) Existential aspects:
- Being at peace with oneself
- Religious or spiritual practices