A new report has called for dying people to be given the option of having an assisted death if their suffering becomes unbearable.
There needs to be a "fundamental shift" in how end-of-life care is managed and delivered, according to the Charter for Dignity at the End of Life.
The document claims there is "an overwhelming majority" of people who want more choice about where they die, pain relief, access to quality health care and not to have life prolonged against their wishes.
The Charter, launched by Dignity in Dying, the leading campaigning organisation promoting patient choice at the end of life, says there is a serious "disconnect" between what people expect at death and the services currently available.
"We campaign for terminally ill, mentally competent people to be given the option of an assisted death if they feel their suffering has become unbearable," the report said. "But we believe that assisted dying forms a part of a wider debate around choice at the end of life.
"Ultimately, each individual decides what they believe is a dignified death. Although only a minority of terminally ill people would exercise the right to an assisted death, many will take comfort in having the choice"
"Most definitly yes. It is a human right and can not be otherwise. Making people suffer is a sin. I fully support this idea." - Peter, Leeds
"Definitely, we all have to die sometime and to do it with dignity and how we want is vital. My 91 year old mother died in Feb, I kept her in her Residential Home, not a Nursing home, to move her would have killed both of us. She was terminally ill with cancer and requested no futher treatment, which I agreed with. I nursed her myself with extra carers provided by the PCT, (for the first time) but the Hospice was only involved in the last few days, her GP seemed reluctant to give any pain relief. The hospice team were great and we started medication and Marie Curie night nurses to give me some rest. She died in her own bed at 'home' where she had been for the past 6 years. I had 2 sessions of counselling to come to terms with the manner of her death, but I am glad I did not ship her off to our local hospital where she would have died with strangers, however kind." - Anne Evans, West Sussex