Q: "Maintaining a sense of humor" is part of a good death process?
According to SUPPORT (Study to Understand Prognosis and Preferences for Outcomes and Risks of Treatments) study in which older adults facing the end of life offered insight into a good death as they experienced their own dying, there were 19 expectations / recommendations /desires divided into five components
1. Care related to symptoms and personal care
2. Being prepared for death
3. Achieving a sense of completion
4. Being treated as a whole person
5. Relating to family, society, care providers, and transcendent
"Maintaining a sense of humor" is considered as one of the part from dying patients in #4 component.
Steinhauser KE, Christakis NA, Clipp EC, et al. Factors considered important at the end of life by patients, family, physicians, and other care providers. JAMA 2000; 284:2476.