Advance Directives: A Matter Of Life And Death. Describes Importance Of A Living Will.

1408 words - 6 pages

Advance Directives:A Matter of Life and DeathImagine a loved one......better yet, imagine yourself lying in a hospital bed. You are unable to move or to show any signs of life. Your existence is controlled by a respirator, a feeding tube, and a I.V. Your cognizant functions are gone. For all intents and purposes, you are dead. Your body is no longer able to sustain life, its entire purpose is now replaced by machines. You are being kept alive artificially. Should you be kept alive by these means or should you be allowed to die a natural death? Unfortunately, if you are in this situation, you are unable to relay your wishes to your doctor. Your voice has been replaced by the electrical beeping of your heart monitor. Who will decide if you live artificially or die naturally? Who gets to play God on your behalf? Will it be your family, your doctor, the government? Most people never consider the possible outcomes should this situation ever arise. They don't think about it, but they should. Unless a person has an advance directive, many health care providers and institutions will make critical decisions that the person may not have agreed with. In other cases, a court may appoint a guardian who is unfamiliar with the person's values and wishes.An advance directive is an important document to have at any stage of your life. It is a legal document that is drafted by your lawyer to express your wishes for end of life care when you are unable to make those decisions yourself. Without an advance directive in place, some of the hardest and most important decisions of your life may be left entirely in the hands of medical professionals and your family. Not only do you risk having a decision made that you might not support, but family members may be forced to make those decisions for you, which often leaves them feeling unsure that they've made the right choice. Do you want to put your family in that position?A living will is the oldest type of health care advance directive. It is a signed, notarized document called a "declaration" or "directive". Most declarations instruct an attending physician to withhold or withdraw medical interventions from the signer if he or she is unable to make those decisions about medical treatment. This living will lets an individual leave written instructions about the kinds of medical treatment they would or would not want to have. Such a document may include instructions on pain control, resuscitation wishes, and organ donation. Every patient has the right to refuse medical treatment, even if the refusal of treatment would result in their death. A living will can reflect multiple end-of-life wishes, not simply a no-resuscitation or no-ventilator request. A patient may also want to decline radiation, surgery, or chemotherapy if they are in the advanced stages of cancer. Some people may list every single medical intervention that they do not want, while others want to make perfectly clear their request for heroic measures at any...

Find Another Essay On Advance Directives: A Matter of Life and Death. Describes importance of a living will.

A Matter of Life or Negligence

1915 words - 8 pages introduced a bill that would complement Obama's executive order by giving more federal funding and access to resources to scientists. This would force any future pro-life President to have to resort to Congress in order to be able to downgrade to Bush's policies once again. Many Congressmen are supportive of stem cell research, but some are not. Some of the reasons why some people do not support stem cell research will be examined in this paper

A Matter of Fate Essay

2224 words - 9 pages from fatigue (Hosseini, 138-139). Baba’s change of lifestyle to a much poorer one is a big change in his life because he now has lost everything he worked hard for back in Afghanistan. Another part of Baba’s life that changes is his health. At no point during the novel was Baba ever sick in Afghanistan, once living in America however Baba’s health immediately deteriorates and he eventually passes away. Shortly after moving to America, Amir

A Matter of Differences

1418 words - 6 pages he cannot seem to get a bearing on what is happening. However, in “Willow Waist” the man seems to be at peace and take what he is doing in stride, as opposed to questioning his own actions. A third difference that seems to be obvious is the way in which each man flashes back to the woman each sees. “The Day I Got to Xi’an” becomes quite confusing when the man has a flashback of his meeting with Xiao Tong. He becomes so confused and confounded

Personal Narrative- Living a Life of Humility

1103 words - 4 pages Personal Narrative- Living a Life of Humility For the only thing we have to shame is shame itself. Perhaps the name of Amy Tan’s mother will never be remembered like that of FDR, but the truth behind her words rings just as loud. To be different is an aspect of human nature that we are to be proud of, regardless of whether it’s socially hip or socially degrading. To be proud of something is to consider it worthy of honor, and that’s

A Matter of The Heart

1524 words - 6 pages Sin is like an open sore that if left to fester will continue to grow worse not improve. Nathaniel Hawthorne examines this concept, as he seeks to connect with his reader. Many of his works revolve around a theme of sin and the effects it has on the mind, body, and soul. Sin is one of those permeating areas that has lasting consequences that affect all of life. Many characters in Hawthorne’s works go through their lives struggling as they try

Constructivism: A Matter of Interpretation

1924 words - 8 pages functional context, social context, and usefulness. The process works most effectively when it is embedded in a context in which new knowledge and skills will be used. Research on thinking and learning reinforces the idea that people learn through interaction with others (Johnson and Thomas 1994). Although learning is a matter of personal and unique interpretation, it takes place within the social context. In addition, learning must be useful to the

Importance of Play in a Child's life

1290 words - 5 pages The key issues that apply to this theme are; education, how play has changed risk and challenge. Education affects a child’s play and learning, as parents who aren’t well educated may not know the importance or benefits of play and the impact it has on learning. They will not value play as a ‘crucial’ part of learning. As an alternative of allowing their children to play they would force them to be seated all day and work. Play helps a child

Snake Charmer: a Life and Death in Pursuit of Knowledge.

801 words - 4 pages life without kiteboarding was not worth living. While anyone can have a dangerous life passion, the ones that excel at theirs are often naturally gifted. The gifted ones often do not know they have a specific talent until interaction stimulates their interest. In the book Snake Charmer: a life and death in pursuit of happiness, the protagonist of the novel, Joe Slowinski, is motivated to pursue herpetology only when it offers a challenge to his

Life of a white girl living with colored people.

807 words - 4 pages . Through the acts of discrimination, Racism and stereotype, Lily starts to understand and unfold her life. Lily is a girl who has been living with a secret for many years. One of the reasons she ran away was to find out if what T.Ray had been telling her, her whole life was true or not. During her journey to finding the truth, she was faced with many obstacles. One of those obstacles was people discriminating towards Rosaleen, Zach, the three

Living a Lie in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Lady With The Dog

895 words - 4 pages has come to be a part of these character's lives, and what defense mechanisms the characters came up with in order to combat it. In Chekov's "The Lady with the Dog", the main character whose name is Dmitry Dmitrich Gurov is extremely unhappy with the way his life has turned out so far . He was forced to marry a woman whom he did not love. Over time he began to be unfaithful to his wife, whom he described as being a tall woman with dark

The Life and Death of the Mayor of Casterbridge: A Story of a Man of Character

1318 words - 5 pages popularly referred to as The Mayor of Casterbridge -Michael Henchard who has all the elements of a traditional tragic hero. In Hardy’s novel - The Mayor of Casterbridge, Henchard is undoubtedly the tragic hero whose undoing can be owed to his own character flaw – his impulsiveness and rash choler; however his the way his life is reduced to rubble can also be credited to circumstances as well as the malicious forces of Nature and Fate. As mentioned

Similar Essays

A Matter Of Life And Death

6919 words - 28 pages and death, but the difference between the Bible and all other accounts, is that the Bible makes the most sense. When it describes the origin of life and the origin of death, it places them in a consistently logical context.One example of how this works, is the matter of moral accountability. It is universally and generally acknowledged, that some people are "good" and some people are "bad". The common view is that Hitler was a "bad" man, who did

Cigarette Ads: A Matter Of Life

1030 words - 4 pages , (and probably a dark part) of our modern life. If for a moment I imagined a society without cigarette ads, I can't deny the sight of cigarettes in the hands of people around me. I can't deny going to see a movie where cigarettes exist. I can't deny that cigarettes outside the advertisements and commercials will survive. I come from a country where, in the seventies, the government started its hypocritical campaign against tobacco. It banned

Cigarette Ads: A Matter Of Life

1030 words - 4 pages , (and probably a dark part) of our modern life. If for a moment I imagined a society without cigarette ads, I can't deny the sight of cigarettes in the hands of people around me. I can't deny going to see a movie where cigarettes exist. I can't deny that cigarettes outside the advertisements and commercials will survive. I come from a country where, in the seventies, the government started its hypocritical campaign against tobacco. It banned

Cigarette Ads: A Matter Of Life

1030 words - 4 pages , (and probably a dark part) of our modern life. If for a moment I imagined a society without cigarette ads, I can't deny the sight of cigarettes in the hands of people around me. I can't deny going to see a movie where cigarettes exist. I can't deny that cigarettes outside the advertisements and commercials will survive. I come from a country where, in the seventies, the government started its hypocritical campaign against tobacco. It banned