It's a fact, there is an end of life for all of us.
And, of course, we all want to ensure that we, and our loved ones, die in the most dignified, humane, and comfortable circumstances. For most people in developed countries, palliative care and hospice ensure that these goals are achieved.
But, when you strip away these desires, concerns can be raised. The incredible expense. The lingering, sometimes protracted, decline. The emotional and psychological strain on the dying and their family members.
And then there are the sensitive questions of "how long should you keep someone going?" and "what about euthanasia?"
Ryan Nash, MD, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM
The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics and Division of Bioethics, Department of Biomedical Education and Anatomy
Final Exit Network
Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau
May 29, 2019