End of Life Coverage in the New York Times

I found the story, and the letters it generated, to contain valuable information on end of life decision making.

“I was standing by my 89-year-old mother’s hospital bed when she asked a doctor, ‘Is there anything you can do here to give me back the life I had last year, when I wasn’t in pain every minute?’ The young medical resident, stunned by the directness of the question, blurted out, ‘Honestly, ma’am, no.'”

NY Times: Taking Responsibility for Death

And, a letter to the editor pointed out: “The elderly and terminally ill do their caregiving children and themselves a supreme favor by spelling out their health care and end-of-life wishes so no one is left wondering if pulling the plug is an act of selfishness or mercy.”

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