End of Life Responsibility


I believe that as individuals we do have the responsiblity of end of life decisions.The preferences that each individual would choose are likely to be different  but everyone has the responsibility to decide what options they would like to have. AS individuals we have the responsibility to decide who in the event of our inability to make decisions for ourselves is responsible for what happens next. I believe that each individual should have a health care directive. I believe that having this directive makes them responsible for the way that they ultimately leave this life. The burden of their care is eased with a directive. I believe that the patient’s family and friends also have a responsbilibity to talk to one another about the choices that will have to be made in the event of a life altering illness or accident. Families should have open dialogue about these issues so that as the article talked about family members are not fighting at the patients bedside and throwing coffee pots at one another. 

i also believe that as patients and family members ofsomeone who is being treated we should question the health care providers. Even if you feel that the information was clearly presented by the provider there is no harm in asking additional questions. The family member and the patien may not understand fully the proceedures and suggestions offered by the provider. However, depending on who the patient is and what background they come from they may never fully understand what the health care provider is telling them. This however, should not deter the patient or their loved ones from asking questions about the treatment. There are things that all of us may not fully uderstand and we cannot hope to increase our knowlege base if we do not try to comprehend the information presented. 



2 thoughts on “End of Life Responsibility

  1. I totally agree with you in that people do have the responsibility to make their own end of life decisions. It puts less stress on both the family members and the caregivers, but unfortunately, a good majority don’t even consider making some kind of living will or advanced directive. Then is something such as an unsuspected and traumatic accident happens, leaving the person incompetent, then it puts all of that pressure on the next of kin to make the entirely of what to do with the dying individual. This is of course when it starts to be important to ask questions to the healthcare provider just as you said. That way the next of kin can find out what is the best choice of actions, that will benefit both the family as well as the dying person.

  2. I agree with what you said about the family having an open dialogue. It is important for your loved ones to be involved in these decisions, especially with an unexpected accident. Unfortunately fights do break out within these difficult situations, so I agree with you in that a directive of some sort should indeed be made in order to avoid these problems. I also agree with you in that the patient may not fully understand what the healthcare provide is explaining to them. We don’t all come from medical backgrounds so it is important the provider makes sure the patient comprehends the information giving them.

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