I enjoyed reading this article because it was able to tell the story of an elderly woman who made it her mission to die with dignity and have as much control of her own death as possible. As American’s, we are very prideful of ourselves and our families and will do whatever it takes to keep control of our lives. I am sure that as Americans, we have a right to making our own end-of-life preferences. We get one life to live and we all want to live the best possible life that we can. As I stated before, American’s are prideful and that includes making the final decisions regarding the end of one’s life. This is why I believe Advanced Directives are a necessity for each individual, as well as for their families to fully understand the person’s decision. If you were in that situation of discussing end-of-life with your family, it is your responsibility to inform them of how you’d like to be handled during the dying period. I also believe you should ensure that your mourning family will be taken care of without the burden of healthcare costs and funeral services costs. This can all be taken care of with a living will, or any advanced directive.
Families should be 100% involved in the patient’s end-of-life supervision. Being surrounded by family brings comfort to the discussion of these decisions and allows more information to come about since the patient feels comfortable. The patient and the family should have the only say in what is to happen towards the end of their loved one’s life. No doctor or professional should have the final say when dealing with just another patient’s life. I believe the family should always question the healthcare provider just to ensure they have the right intent towards their loved one, instead of the Dr. looking at them as just another dying person. This is why advanced directives are so critical to be put in place at a time when you a fully competent. You don’t want to wait until it is too late, when you’re laying on your death bed and the people around you are left to fight for what they believe you would of wanted for your end-of-life.
There was a paragraph that really caught my attention that stated, “more than 8.5 million Americans will be over 85 — an age at which roughly half will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of irreversible dementia. For many members of the baby boom generation — more likely to be divorced and childless than their parents — there may be no legal next of kin.” This couldn’t be any truer and reassures my belief on how important advanced directives really are. Comfort at the end-of-life should be the main focus for both the family and all healthcare providers involved.