In the article “Taking Responsibility for Death” by Susan Jacoby, we discuss the issue of family members having to make difficult decisions for their dying family members. We have learned that the United States is one of the highest death denying cultures in the world. It is because of this death denying way that causes so many problems with the decisions that must be made at the end of a family member’s life. This would not be an issue if we had a set plan for how we would like to be handled if the worst should come to us. Polls show that most Americans would prefer to be left to die if a hundred percent recovery was not possible. However, strangely most family members never discuss such a topic with one another leaving them with a very difficult decision. This also puts a lot of stress on the family dealing with a death.
This is why I believe everyone should have to have a written document of their preferred method of treatment so that both doctors and family could know how to move forward with a patient who could not make a decision for themselves. This document should be done through the health care provider and made available when needed. During the period of time at the end of a life, emotions can cause someone to make a rash or illogical decision out of grief or ignorance. However, I feel like we can plan out everything, yet it is impossible to know how or if some ones decisions will change when they are actually facing a life or death situation. That is why this is such a debated argument. This is why if a plan could be made with the healthcare provider the family should listen to the provider yet have the power to overrule the provider’s decision.