Everyone has choices at the end of life. If you are facing a terminal illness, it is important to know you have options. Compassion in Dying believes you should be in charge of your own dying.
- Be honest and forthright with your physician about your desires for your own dying. If you feel you are not being heard, find another physician.
- Outline your wishes in an Advance Directive.
- Talk with family members about your fears and wishes. Ask them to support you.
At the end of life, you have the following choices:
- Stay in your own home or move to a facility.
- Consider hospice care wherever you live.
- Stop life support: You may stop feeding tubes, medications (including antibiotics and blood transfusions), breathing machines, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or kidney dialysis. You have the right to comfort care to manage any symptoms.
- Understand double effect: Aggressive pain treatment to alleviate pain and breathlessness may unintentionally end life.
- Stop eating and drinking: This peaceful process permits dying to proceed naturally.
- Consider terminal sedation: When pain cannot be controlled, sedation to unconsciousness is available.
- Self-administer life-ending medication. Seek information from Compassion In Dying.
For more information, contact Compassion in Dying, 503.221.9556 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit our Web site at www.compassionindying.org.
Choice means dignity and autonomy.