One of the hardest things a person can do in their life is knowing when it is time to let go. This can either mean, letting go of themselves or of a loved one. Modern medicine, with all if its breakthroughs, still has gray areas where it can not completely cure someone. This was evident in the article “Letting Go”. In times of trauma, people often believe that medicine has all the answers to save someones life. In the article it is shown that although medicine can prolong someones life, it could not save them.
When medicine cannot save your life it can still provide you with the opportunity to prolong your life as much as you desire. The main conflict that arises is that often times the doctors may not tell patients that they have little chance of survival because that may cause them even more emotional pain which can lead to a quicker death. When doctors do not tell patients of the extent of the diagnosis it can cause the patients and their families to spend thousands of treatments that do nothing more than prolong one’s life for more than a few months. If I was a dying patient it would be hard for me to decide if I would rather prolong my life or not because I have never been in that situation before. There are many factors to look at: 1. I can prolong my life and cause my family to go into debt by paying for treatments, 2. I can choose to die and miss out on time I could be spending with my family and loved ones.
Personally I think the best thing for a person to do is to analyze before they have an accident or something about what they would do in a life or death situation. To choose to die is a very personal decision and should be left to the patient to decide. After doing this, and a person who then becomes a dying patient should talk to their family and doctors to determine if there is even a realistic chance of them getting healed or if they are just prolonging the inevitable. If there is no realistic chance of survival and treatments are expensive it may be better for a person to consult their family of “Letting Go” and freeing their family of the financial and emotional burden.
In the end, death is inevitable and will come to all at some point. Determining if you are ready or not for that moment is something that a person will not be able to determine until they are in that position. Despite that fact, a person should think about it and consider what they would rather do from a very objective point of view. Doing this is not easy, but it is something that may benefit someone in the future. If medicine cannot save your life, it may at least provide with the chance to prolong your life long enough for you to say goodbye to your family and determine yourself if you are ready to move on.
In my family, both my Mom and Dad have told me that they would rather die than cause my family a financial burden if their was no chance of survival. To my parents, the point of their lives was to raise their kids to be successful and make a name for themselves. Knowing that they gave us that chance, they are prepared to die when that moment comes.