Can suicide be a good death?

Death Stud. 2006 Jul-Aug;30(6):511-27. doi: 10.1080/07481180600742509.


The issue of whether suicide can be a good death was separated into two different questions: (1) can suicide be an appropriate death, and (2) can suicide be a rational death? Several definitions of an "appropriate" death were proposed, and suicide was seen as potentially appropriate. Similarly, several criteria for rationality were proposed and suicide was seen as sometimes meeting these criteria. Thus, suicide can be sometimes conceptualized as a "good" death.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Death*
  • Emotions
  • Humans
  • Rationalization
  • Suicide / psychology*