THIS STORY has made he news the past few days. Its going on at the very hospital i work at. The good news is that most end of life decisions never come to this because the family respects the patient’s wishes. When this does come up as it has at times in the past it often makes the headlines.
This case points out two things I think. FIrst it shows how completely irrational religious believers can be. This father told his daughter she was going to go to hell for the decision she made. It seems incomprehensible to me that any parent would ever want those to be among the last words their daughter heard from them.
Secondly and more importantly to everyone is it reminds us all how important it is to have a living will and a health care proxy which names a person you trust to carry out your wishes. Both documents are easy to find online for anyone who hasn’t already filled one out. You don’t need a lawyer, but you may want to go over the details with your doctor so they also know what your wishes are.