Results of a 2005 survey (N=30) by Libb Thims on what people viewed as the most life changing and least life changing types of death. 
In cessation thermodynamics, perspectives on cessation is view that from the vantage point of those affected individuals remaining following the point termination of an individual person (human molecule) that there exist different variations of perspective in terms of how "life changing" or transforming, for the better or for the worse, the death was. The following table gives a rough idea of the gradient that exists: 
Discussion From the table, we can discern a gradient of "states" of death, in which some deaths are favored and others disfavored. Seneca the Younger was one of the first to acknowledge this when he stated that:
“Death is a punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.”
In modern cessation thermodynamics, we can discern these gifts and punishments through the tools of energy transfers, mediated through the dynamic action of human chemical bonds, as the post-cessation structure of family and society reconfigures, for the better or for the worse, following point termination, according to the first law of thermodynamics.
References 1. (a) Thims, Libb (2005), "Poll: Most Life Changing and Least Life Changing Variations of Cessation" (N=30, random Chicagoans, aged 18-50). Chicago: Institute of Human Thermodynamics. (b) Key: survey participants were shown the above list in random order and asked to pick the top five most life changing and top five least life changing variation on cessation, using a scale of 1 = 1st pick, 2 = 2nd pick, 3 = 3rd pick, 4 = 4th pick, and 5 = 5th pick. The results are shown in the columns above as # (M=#) in which former represents the total vote count for that answer and the latter, i.e. M=#, represents a "magnitude scale" weighted such that a "1st pick = 5 points, 2nd pick = 4 points, 3rd pick = 3 points, 4th pick = 2 points, and 5th pick = 1 point. (c) Thims, Libb. (2005). Cessation Thermodynamics(manuscript), (pgs. 33-41). Chicago: Institute of Human Thermodynamics.