At HealthCentral, we are talking about "death and dying" during the month of March in addition to it being MS Education and Awareness Month on MultipleSclerosisCentral.com. Here's my post I wrote for MyRACentral...
Thinking about the end of life, at any age, is not a pleasant situation. We spend so much time talking about how to live well with chronic illness that we often fail to make our desires known in the event that life takes a downturn. We may not have considered how we’d like to be treated, or not treated, in our final days. I have only thought about this because I’ve watched relatives have drastically different experiences.
When my grandmother was dying several years ago, it was difficult for my father and his siblings to have the responsibility of deciding what type of life-saving procedures she may or may not have wanted. Even after she and her doctor had signed a DNR (do not resuscitate) order, it failed to prevent the EMTs from taking her to the hospital after a nervous home health aide panicked and called 9-1-1. This event further prolonged her life and suffering, but it did grant me an opportunity to see her “one last time.”Read this post in its entirety:
Engage with Grace: Planning for the End of Life with Grace and Dignity