The carers who took part in this study described very variable experiences of care on the wards. However, most described what might be termed ‘a good enough’ death, and did not voice concerns that the hospital was an inappropriate place to die.

Doreen died a gentle death, with her daughter holding her hand and speaking to her, and it occurred in a private room which had plenty of light. For Angela, these components made a good death for her mother, suggesting that, at least for some people, the hospital can be a good place to die.

In contrast, Susan’s account of Andrew’s death was very negative.

Watch the video below to conclude Doreen and Angela's story:

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