Different religions, values, ethics and personal preferences lead to different concepts of good death. Being dynamic in nature, good death
changes from time to time depending on personal health status, and the surroundings and circumstances one encounters. Moreover, the
definitions of good death also change with the society restructuring in historical development. Hence, it is worthy of getting the insights of the complexity and diversity of good death.
Taiwan has stepped into an aged society since 1993; accordingly, more and more people are curious about inquiring to the critical issues
of life and death. While the members of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT) are mainly the elderly, good death and approaching one’s
end with dignity, as the core conventions of Chinese culture, have transformed their ideological concepts to practical preparations to
assure the values of life.
This thesis aims at getting the insightful understandings of how the elderly of PCT members above the age of 60 recognize and prepare for
good death through qualitative study. A thick description regarding the recognitions, realizations, confusions, conflicts and possible resolutions are well-documented.
That is, the directivity and path of “The Word Became Flesh”would escort us to the Third Birthday – the Eternal Life, for God alone
is the answer of life. Meanwhile, it is also hoped that the results of the study could be contributing to further development of the principles and parameters of life education used for spiritual guidance and life caring.