Taking Responsibility for Death : Blog 3

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I found the article “Taking Responsibility for Death” very interesting. It’s great to see a story of someone who really took control of their end of life decisions and made the process of what happens easy for herself and as well as her family. In the article, it was ironic to read the story of when Ms. Jacoby worked at the hospital and witnessed the pot of coffee being thrown. That type of frustration happens every day when people do not leave a living well or any kind of advance directive dictating what they want done, making it easy for their loved ones to know their wishes. I think Americans do have the responsibility to make their own decisions at the end of life. If it is their body, they should do as they wish with it. Nearing the end of life, the last thing a family member or friend wishes to do is fight over what should be done. It should be the responsibility of every person to have an advanced directive and make it known what they would like done under various circumstances. Making the decision to make a advance directive will not only be good for the patients well-being it will alleviate pressure from the patients family members. Patients and family can always question doctors and always get a second opinion if they disagree with something. At the end of the day it is the patients life not the healthcare providers. I think it is perfectly fine to question healthcare providers because after all it’s the patient’s life and well-being at stake not theirs. I would want to know at the end of my life that I did everything I could, short of being in everyday physical pain. When reading the article one quote really stuck with me, “I will never be the object of medical intervention that cannot restore my life but can only prolong a costly death”. I couldn’t agree more with this statement.

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