Ending on a good note


When it comes to end of life decisions one word is never in attendance: Certainty. At multiple points within anyone’s life looking at the cessation of it all is one thing that many prefer to never take a gander at, however this same condoning causes issues in further life. In the situation that something malignant and extremely unfortunate were to occur the person would be heavily disadvantaged. I believe in order for this to become something of the past, talking about death must move from taboo into socially acceptable normality. Health care professionals are placed in a position to delineate and explain pros and cons of certain pathways at end of life.

Regardless of this delineation that must occur by health care professionals they should never be considered final choice makers for those who are in dire situations. It is up to those afflicted to balance out the situation and decide in which direction they would like to lead the end of their life. It is shocking to think that something so incredibly important is shooed off to the side in almost all of american culture. Our death avoidance results in issues resulting from a lack of information based around advanced directives.

This reduced communication can lead to lack of understanding. I believe that once educated, family members can decide and understand when prolonging life is beneficial and when it is not. Towards the end of any terminal illness it is most likely not worth it to be stuck on ventilation tubes, morphine pumps, and feeding tubes. I believe it is much more simple to allow for the course of the natural disease to take place. It is not in the hands of anyone except for those who are within close relation to the ailed and the person who is suffering the illness.


One thought on “Ending on a good note

  1. I agree with many of the points that you have brought up in your post. I feel the same way in that if I had to make the ultimate decision for a loved one, I really am not sure what I would do either. I guess that this just goes to sow you how important advanced healthcare directives really are, and it really is a shame that a good majority of people do not even consider them until it is too late. Just as you said, America’s death avoidance can very well most certainly be a large part of the reason why people often don’t even consider having living wills. Without a living will, the family must make all the choices for the dying person, and this can only mean lots of stress on the family. Asking questions is the best that they can do, in trying to find out the best plan of action which will benefit everyone, including the dying person, the most.

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