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Good and bad death: exploring the perspectives of older Mexican Americans

TitleGood and bad death: exploring the perspectives of older Mexican Americans
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsKo, E, Cho, S, Perez, RL, Yeo, Y, Palomino, H
JournalJ Gerontol Soc WorkJ Gerontol Soc Work
Volume56
Pagination6-25
ISBN Number1540-4048 (Electronic)<br/>0163-4372 (Linking)
Accession Number23252697
KeywordsAged, 80 and Over, Aging/ ethnology, Attitude to Death/ ethnology, California, Female, Health Status, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Marital Status, Mexican Americans/ psychology, Middle Aged, Religion, Stress, Psychological, Terminal Care/psychology
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to identify and describe the domains that define a good death from the perspectives of healthy Mexican American older adults. Qualitative data from face-to-face interviews with 18 participants residing in Southern California were analyzed. Five categories regarding the concepts of good and bad death include no suffering, living life with faith, having time for closure with family, dying at home, and a natural death. Understanding the meaning of good and bad death within specific cultural contexts is integral to promoting cultural sensitivity when working with older adults, especially in end-of-life care.