This essay introduces the Critical Intervention forum focused on the question “Who is a good death for?” The eight contributions in this Critical Intervention forum use art, prose, performance, and critical analysis to explore this guiding question. Dying well should be for everyone, but as the contributors observe, accomplishing a good death is complicated by context, geography, relationships, politics, and ideology.
Who Is a Good Death for?
Jenn Tran is a first-generation daughter of refugee immigrants with a deep-rooted passion for the social and personal processes of death. Her dedication to advocating for a good death stems from lifelong observations of how marginalized communities experience death and grief in the United States—strengthening a commitment to improve the quality of death and dying across intersections of race, class, gender, culture, religion, and social justice. Jenn is a board member of Radical Death Studies, a volunteer advocate for the Asian Women’s Shelter in San Francisco, and a member of the Order of the Good Death. Email: email@example.com.
Jillian A. Tullis is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of San Diego. Tullis has more than a decade of professional and personal experience in settings such as hospice, cancer centers, and hospitals. Her expertise centers on how individuals, including terminally ill people, their loved ones, and their lay and professional carers communicate about dying and death. Correspondence to: Jillian A. Tullis, Department of Communication Studies, University of San Diego, Founders Hall 114, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jenn Tran, Jillian A. Tullis; Who Is a Good Death for?. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2021; 10 (3): 5–7. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.3.5
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