The bill of rights outlines the dying patient’s most basic needs as they approach their end of life and ensures that the patient's quality of life and death is met. The client's right to die in peace, and with dignity are always kept in the forefront and in every effort that is made to promote emotional, physical, emotional, social and spiritual comfort and wellbeing regardless of whether the client is at home, in a health care setting, hospice or a facility of any kind.
Adapted from Barbus, A.J. (1975). The dying person's bill of rights. American Journal of Nursing, 75 (1):99