End of life decisions are things that most people do not discuss in their everyday conversations. People tend to wait until they are in a situation that calls for such a conversation. The problem with this is that sometimes people aren’t sure what they want and don’t have enough time to process their situation fully. The American people have a right to make these decisions, but they sometimes do not want to because they are faced with very difficult questions. In the end, Patients need to make their own decisions. It is perfectly acceptable to consult family or a doctor in order to help in a situation that concerns end of life.
The families in the patient’s life are just as important because they need to be there for the patient and help them to come to terms with their situation and to console them. Families are also sometimes used to make the difficult decisions when patients aren’t capable to do so for themselves. Families also need to make sure that the patient is being taken care of in the best way for their best interest.
If a family or a patient ever has questions, they should always ask questions. I feel that the more questions asked by the patient to the doctor, the better. If someone asks questions, the doctor is more likely to give more information and respond better. I’ve seen through personal experience that doctors enjoy teaching. Even my grandmothers’ cancer doctor loved when we would ask him a million questions because he felt like we really cared and wanted to know as much as we could about the procedures and her condition. (She is now cancer free for 4 years and doing very well, in case you wondered) I feel like questioning a doctor and making sure he is doing what is best for a patient is always the best decision.