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[Americans generally believe a person has one “right” time to die, only God knows it for sure, and He ultimately controls it. They also believe that each person has the task of recognizing his or her “right” time to die when it arrives. Furthermore, they believe in a “right” way to die,...
[Dying yields to science; death does not. Dying, for instance, has been subject to scientific inquiries about advance directives, analgesic regimens, decision-making strategies, do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, disease trajectories, prognostic predictions, and cost-benefit analyses. But death...
[About 3.5 million Americans, or 1 % of the population, die every year. Nearly every death disrupts multiple relationships—relationships the decedent had with a spouse, parents, children, other relatives, friends, or colleagues. As a result the death leaves multiple grieving survivors, who must...
[All health professionals (HPs)—especially those providing end-of-life care—have a duty to ensure patients receive the spiritual care they want. Spiritual care is an integral part of complete health care. The more serious the illness, the more important is the spiritual care. Circumstances...
[This chapter steps back from specific techniques of end-of-life careEnd-of-life care to look at the process as a whole. The chapter begins by briefly reviewing recent developments in end-of-life care. The chapter then summarizes the answers of health professionals (HPs) and patients to two key...
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