Dignified death, death with dignity, dying with dignity or dignity in dying is an ethical concept aimed at avoiding suffering and maintaining control and autonomy in the end-of-life process.[1] In general, it is usually treated as an extension of the concept of dignified life, in which people retain their dignity and freedom until the end of their life.[2]

Although a dignified death can be natural and occur without any type of assistance,[2] the concept is frequently associated with the right to die,[3] as well as with the defense of the legalization of practices such as voluntary euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, terminal sedation or the refusal of medical assistance.[4] According to its defenders, the possibility of these types of practices would be what would guarantee a dignified death, keeping free decisions until the last moment and avoiding unnecessary agony.[2][5]

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  1. ^ "El derecho en los finales de la vida y el concepto de muerte digna". Apuntes de Bioética. 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "¿Qué es muerte digna?". Fundación Pro Derecho a Morir Dignamente. Archived from the original on 2021-01-25. Retrieved 2021-12-25.
  3. ^ "La muerte digna como un derecho humano emergente". Revista DyCS Victoria. 2020.
  4. ^ "Ética y muerte digna: propuesta de consenso sobre un uso correcto de las palabras". Revista de Calidad Asistencial. 2008.
  5. ^ "Derecho a Morir Dignamente".