The Decision to use Life-Prolonging Medical Treatment
Is it important for a patient to fight or to let go? What is important to the other members of my family and how are they dealing with it? The decision really belongs to the patient. Only they know whether it is important to them to fight or let go.
Every one wants to die with dignity – but what does that mean? For some just the freedom of choice is paramount. How far does one want to go with life saving techniques? What does respect for that individual mean tothe family and the person who is dying? This means not how far the family wants to go – but how far the patient wants to go. It is the patient’s choice that is pivotal as well as their responsibility to put it in writing so that everyone knows it’s their choice. It’s one of the few “controls” a patient has.