Emily A. Meier, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Moores Cancer Center at the University of California San Diego Health, et al., in an Apr. 24, 2016 American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry article, "Defining a Good Death (Successful Dying): Literature Review and a Call for Research and Public Dialogue," stated:

“There is little agreement about what constitutes good death or successful dying. The authors conducted a literature search for published, English-language, peer-reviewed reports of qualitative and quantitative studies that provided a definition of a good death… We identified 11 core themes of good death: preferences for a specific dying process, pain-free status, religiosity/spiritualty [sic], emotional well-being, life completion, treatment preferences, dignity, family, quality of life, relationship with HCP [healthcare provider], and other. The top three themes across all stakeholder groups were preferences for dying process (94% of reports), pain-free status (81%), and emotional well-being (64%)… Family perspectives included life completion (80%), quality of life (70%), dignity (70%), and presence of family (70%)… In contrast, religiosity/spirituality was reported somewhat more often in patient perspectives (65%) than in family perspectives (50%).”

Apr. 24, 2016