A Good Death
At Hope Springs Hospice, we acknowledge and honor the beautiful and profound ways that we can walk consciously and together toward death. We believe it is important to demystify the dying experience and help our patients and educate our community in accepting death as a rite of passage. The history of “a good death” stems from two books written during the Middle Ages as part of the Christian tradition. The Ars moriendi, or The Art of Dying, are two related Latin texts that explain how to dies well, and lists steps for finding peace at the time of death.
The Greeks spoke of the wisdom of accepting death. Buddhism incorporates the consciousness of death while living fully present each day of one’s life. Perhaps the first step in moving towards a good death is simply the acceptance of its inevitability.