Life and Death on Your Terms

December 9, 2014 11:56 PM

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There comes a time when, despite your own and your family's wishes, beliefs or hope, death stares you in the face. A defining moment comes when you, as a family member, realize you are no longer prolonging a loved one's life but prolonging your loved one's dying process. I have learned that no one can tell you when that time is; it is a point that one must reach on their own.

The decision to let go is usually made after endless hours at your loved one's bedside and recognizing the pain and suffering your loved one has endured. I have watched countless doctors and nurses attempt to convey the need to make a decision to a family, but the advice is usually offered in vain. ...

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