Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2011 Jun;14(2):81-90.

Community Dwellers' Perception of Past Life Recollection and Preparation for Death

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Sahmyook University, Seoul, Korea. kangka@syu.ac.kr
  • 2Nowon Public Health Center, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study is to understand how community members perceive past life recollection and preparation for death.
METHODS
Using a questionnaire, we surveyed 160 adult residents of one of the districts (gu) in Seoul, Korea. Descriptive statistics were used.
RESULTS
Participants chose their 30s and 40s as the most difficult time in their lives. The most painful experience was "an illness of a family member", followed by "trouble with a spouse", and "trouble with children". As for the most difficult social experience, "sense of loss in life" was ranked the highest. Personally, the happiest time was "accomplishment of a goal", while it was "happiness through children" in family relationship and "contribution to society through my career" in social life. As for the most regrettable experience, personally "having lived without purpose" was the highest, "not meeting my parents' expectation more" in family relationship; "not providing sufficient education" in relationship with children; "not having an occupation that I wanted" in work life, and "lack of social skills" in social life. More than 87% of the surveyed showed a positive attitude about the system of the do not resuscitate (DNS) order. For a situation where participants were supposed to have an incurable disease, "I want to be notified of the true condition" and "I want to write a will and advanced directives" ranked high, receiving more than 3.1 points out of 4.
CONCLUSION
These results demonstrate the need for death education to provide people with an opportunity to accept their regrettable experiences in the past as part of their life. Also, this study suggests the importance of writing advanced directives for people to prepare for"death with dignity" how it can help their decision to be better respected.

Keyword

Life; Death; Education

MeSH Terms

Adult
Family Relations
Humans
Korea
Occupations
Writing
Surveys and Questionnaires
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