Respect the choice

Every individual should have their end of life choices known by at least one family member or a next of kin. Assigning someone that has access to your written directives is import,image
this makes it a lot easier on the family at the death. Reading the article made me realize why it is important for us to have written directives in how we wish to be taken care of at the time nearing death, during death and after death.
I believe that it is the right of every American to have their end of life choices written and recognized. At the time of death this helps avoid any sort of misunderstanding, or even possible relief from the financial burden  burial. Knowing and respecting ones choices is the last thing we can do for the deceased before moving on with our lives.
And finally the cost of end of life choices. The longer we decide to prolong death the more it cost, trying to find cures is cheap either, there’s always something new on the market that the physicians are willing to offer. You can always chose the route of fast and natural meanimy no medications provided to priling the death process, or you can chose to keep trying medical trials in hope that one of them will miraculously cure the dying person. in most cases it’s the family members that are always pushing for more medical trials and tests , not taking into considrtationg the discomfort and pain the patient is going through just to satisfy our own selfish agenda of keeping a loved one around longer.
We should respect the wishes of our loved ones at the time of death, and to alwsys consider their well being, putting their best interest ahead of our selfish wants .

3 thoughts on “Respect the choice

  1. Like you, reading this article helped me to understand the importance of making end-of-life decisions. It is even more important to make these decisions known to those close to you. If you were in a situation where you were unable to make a health decision for yourself, your family would be confident in the choice they make. I agree with the point you made about avoiding misunderstandings. In many cases, family members argue over what to do about the patient. This could easily be avoided if the patient’s wishes were written down and expressed to their loved ones. I personally believe that knowing what the patient wants helps to ease the stress and difficulty associated with end of life decisions. The family members might be more at peace with the loss knowing they made the right decision.

  2. Susan Jacoby’s article certainly drove home the importance of advance directives. I agree with you that we as people have the responsibility to make sure that our loved ones know what we want when the threat of death or life threatening illnesses come up. Accidents happen all of the time and we never know when something may happen to us. Being prepared with advance directives takes a lot of stress out of an extremely difficult situation. They also can save a lot of money by forgoing or stopping expensive treatments that the patient doesn’t want but that the family may want to continue for their own reasons like not wanting to let go.

  3. I think you touch base on a very important issue we sometimes forget. It is one thing to have an advanced directive, but another to make sure your next of kin or family is aware that one has been made. I wonder if there has been a case where treatment has been provided without knowledge of an advanced directive requesting otherwise. In any occurrence, you make another valid point with the cost of end of life treatment. It is extremely expensive and some families will go to all lengths to get the treatment even though the money is not there- understandably because you cannot put a price on life. However, if the loved one does not want the treatment there should be no reason to waste the time, discomfort, and money by providing it.

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