Letting Someone You Love Die: The Irony Behind a Living Will

October 8, 2014 9:44 PM

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When my mother died, she died in a hospital. Hospitalized with a malignant brain tumor on her brain stem that caused a stroke, she lived three days from her stroke until her death when we turned off life support. And when she died, we all gathered around her in the hospital room and sang "Amazing Grace" to her as she died.

In those last few days, Mom was on a respirator and IV fluids, but she was fairly responsive when we spoke with her, squeezing our hands or nodding her head. In other words, she was dying, but still showed all the signs of living and being engaged with her surroundings. She couldn't talk, but she de...

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