One of the most memorable deaths I've seen in the movies is that of Spock, in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He died because "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few". In "The Search for Spock", he was resurrected and his crewmates made a trip half-way across the galaxy to save him from a planet on the verge of destruction.
In "Heart and Souls", four spirits spend 25 years stuck on earth, and then have a week to fix the unresolved issues in their lives as well as the life of the boy they were attached to. Only once they've appeased themselves and their still-living loved ones, are they finally able to take the trip to the next life.
Stephen King's The Green Mile is about a loving giant, John Coffey, wrongly convicted and without a bad bone in his body. He is executed, but not before correcting every injustice that is inflicted in the prison around him.
Hollywood can't kill a character off without tying off their loose ends. However, as is the case with most entertainment Hollywood dishes out for us, it's really a reflection of our own condition. We feel that dying isn't fair unless we've made peace with ourselves and with those around us - we've put our world right.
The end-of-life experience, to me, is really therefore not about dying so much as it is about living. In the context of the human condition, the physical reality of dying is almost inconsequential, but the question of improving the end-of-life experience is about how the person who is approaching the end of their life can make peace, and how those who are affected by the death can make their peace as well.
Few, if any of us will be able to set right our entire world in the way Hollywood manages to do incredibly well. Even those of us who feel completely at peace with ourselves would probably have something we would want to fix if we were run over by a bus tomorrow - A bucket list for the soul. A service which would take care of our bucket list for the soul could help us be more at peace with ourselves in life, remind us of the important things in good health, help those around us reach closure after our passing, and give us the secure knowledge that the things we care about fixing will still be addressed after we're gone. More importantly though, a service like this would bring the end-of-life to the rest of life. If at any point we feel as if we have too many loose ends to go peacefully, we could use the service to start working through them at any point. This has opportunities for dealing with depression as well, helping even more before the end-of-life.
Death is inevitable, but if Hollywood is anything to go by, death is just a happy ending that precipitates a celebration of life by those who witnessed it.