EOL Decisions

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End of life decisions are often put to the side until it is too late for a person to make those decisions on their own. Part of the reason why end of life decisions are put on the back-burner is because people do not like to face the reality that their death is coming upon them. People like to avoid the subject because it is easier to ignore death than to face it. By ignoring death it makes the process harder on families when there is no advance directive in place to tell everyone how they want their body disposed of or what to do incase they cannot make their own decisions anymore. By having an advance directive, a person can decide in advance what they would want to be done once they die or if they become unable to make decisions on their own. In many cases, having an advance directive prevents family disputes because members of a patients family will not argue over what they want to be done because you have already written it in your advance directive. 

By planning early, patients are presented an opportunity to consult with their health care providers and personal physicians. This can help the patient understand what treatments will be given to them and whether or not they want to endure those treatments if it will only just prolong death. In many cases people choose Do Not Resuscitate because they know that no treatment can cure them and they would rather die peacefully than undergo numerous treatments. This also helps to reduce financial stress on families because the extra treatments can add up to thousands of dollars. It is up to the patient to question what is being done to them and if it is really worth it to undergo all the extra treatments and procedures.

Ultimately, a person should plan in advance what they want their end of life decisions to be in order  to relieve the stress during the end of life process. Every person has the right to choose how they want to undergo the end of life process and it is their responsibility to talk to their health care providers for advice and recommendations on how to deal with the situation, and the realistic chance of survival. Advance directives can effectively make the end of life process a lot easier on not only the patient but also their family, and should be looked into more often.

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7 thoughts on “EOL Decisions

  1. I completely agree that facing the reality of death can be a scary thing. No one likes to face the fact that one day they will die or one day their family member will die, yet it is something that has to be faced. Being prepared can really ease the process of the death. Death and preparing for death seems like a taboo subject to me. What is so bad about it? Wouldn’t families want to be able to see what is coming and know exactly what to do? I very much agree that planning early can give patients opportunities that they may not have if they weren’t prepared. Planning in advanced is key for making everything easier for everybody.

  2. I agree with your statement that most people are too late in making their end of life decisions. Its true that these type of decisions are not taken seriously, because most people don’t think they will ever be in a situation where they will need these types of advance directives. I also agree that it will place a huge burden on the family and how they make decisions at someone else’s end of life. Early planning is whats best for the patient as well as their family. Writing down what one wants and having it in place before they are incapacitated should be the responsibility of all Americans.

  3. I agree that it is much easier to ignore death, then to just face it. We like to do everything we can to avoid the topic of death mostly because of the unknown. I also believe if more people were to have a better understanding about how important advanced directives were, then less people would be in those difficult situations towards EOL. Early planning is definitely crucial for avoiding those traumatic events that occur in life.

  4. I like that you made specifically pointed emphasized how often death is put on the back burner. There is a stigma attached to death that often leads to us putting off discussing our wants and desires at the end of life. I also liked that you listed several reasons as to why we should approach the topic head-on instead of pushing it away. It would definitely lower the amount of stress involved in the process and it would ensure that we have our last wishes granted. In addition, I completely agree with your belief that we are responsible for planning our end of life decisions.

  5. I as well agree with you on your statement about “ignoring death”. By ignoring it, loved ones are left not knowing what the persons wishes would have been or are. I have been put in that situation before and it was very difficult to pull the person back to reality and make them realize that they are going to die and they need to voice their wants before its too late. Death is scary, no one wants to die, but it happens to everyone and if people accepted death there wouldn’t be so many problems with advance directives.

  6. I completely agree with you about everyone putting off the topic until it is too late. People do not like to face their death so they ignore it. Then when they cannot make decisions for themselves anymore, the families are stuck trying to figure out what the patient would want. It would just be so much easier if everyone would have advance directives. Our own death may be hard to face, but everyone has to man up and face it eventually. It may not be an easy topic to talk about, but it will definitely be worth it in the long run.

  7. I liked how you touched on the family responsibilities of a person who didn’t have any advanced directives. I think that having those in place is really a selfless act simply because a person is relieving their family of the extra stress of trying to conjure up what they would have wanted. Depending on what a person’s decision is, they can also cut the amount of medical bills that their family has to pay for from the life sustaining treatments performed. Of course people should do what they can to save their lives if they can (and money should be no factor in that), however I believe that death is inevitable and you can’t fight it forever.

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