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Table 4 Good death models

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

Good Death for 'non-believers' Good Death for 'believers'
Loss of individuality Permanence of individuality
End of subjective life Passage to another life
Being aware of dying Dying unaware
Not losing control of the situation Hope in miracles and in eternal life
Attention given to scene of death Decorum in dying
Importance of living well in the "here and now" Importance of getting to heaven
Little importance given to mortal remains Importance given to mortal remains
Search for a secular modality of dying Adherence to prevalent cultural rules
Elements shared by believers and non-believers
1) Trying to prepare for death without expecting to feel absolutely ready when death arrives;
2) Having close people nearby and receiving assistance from experts;
3) Having a soft atmosphere around the dying person.