Wednesday, July 22, 2009

public service announcement

Let me tell you about one of the hardest parts of being a hospice nurse.
If you are dying without advanced directives, and are no longer able to make your own decisions, all responsibility goes to your next of kin.
I have had to get signatures from 21 year old kids and 80 year old parents.
You do not want to put your children or parents through this.
Should they have input into decision making? Absolutely.
But to ask them to put their signature on a piece of paper breaks their hearts.
Find a sibling, friend, cousin, the mailman to do this and draw up advanced directives.
Today.

3 comments:

Louise SS said...

Definately worth thinking about and then doing it. These are the kind of things that most of us try to block out. Thanks for reminding me, hopefully I will get something in writing.But i don't have time to die for a long time ....too much fabric! :-)

apalone said...

Thank you so much for this. My first husband got sick suddenly and there was so much we had not discussed. People want to leave these things till they are "old". You never know what might happen.

Jack said...

Definately worth thinking about and then doing it so that u can save time and energy..
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Jack
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