“While death positivity takes many forms, a major tenet of this movement is the advocation for a ‘good death,’ a death that is in line with one’s own individual values. While this means something different for everyone, the basic principle of a good death is that it’s been planned; this means the dying person is aware of their approaching demise, has come to terms with it, has legally prepared for it, has chosen their plans for interment, and can die at peace without pain, easing the mourning process for those left behind.
But it’s not always this simple. It’s true that categorizing any death as ‘good’ is radical in our death-fearing society, but lurking behind this movement is a complicated disparity and dichotomy: A good death is often a privileged one, and the bad deaths?—?the violent, untimely, unexpected and patterned deaths?—?are disproportionately experienced by the country’s most marginalized people… For those without this privilege, death is a regular fixture of their identity. And these people, of course, more often than not are black, brown, gay, trans, nonbinary, female, and/or poor, and are at a higher risk of being denied a good death.”Sep. 28, 2017