Make end-of-life plans before children have to guess at what you want
8/24/2018 | Garrick Colwell
Not long ago I was volunteering as the On-Call Chaplain at a rural hospital. Close to midnight the intensive care unit nurse called. She asked if I would come in to comfort the family of one of her patients that was not doing well. I said I’d be there right away.
As I approached the family in the waiting room I could see they were having an intense discussion. They were clearly upset. Their mom was lying unconscious in the ICU and the doctors had just asked them to make some important health care decisions on her behalf. Should they put Mom on a breathing machine? What about artificial nutrition? Should they allow her to be resuscitated if her heart stops? Clearly very difficult decisions.