Following are two links to life support options for people with serious illness and facing death.
Understanding the options that may be presented to you or your loved one is easier if you have the information ahead of time…when there is less chance for emotions to drive the decision.
PBS.org Frontline-facing death gives the reader guides to “Kinds of Life-Support Decisions” (Ventilators, Nutrition and Hydration, “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) Orders) Including: “What to Know About Dying With Dementia” and “Family Conflict and Dementia”.
Eating and Not Eating as end of life approaches by Barbara Karnes, RN, end of life educator. Her web site has tons of valuable information on matters concerning the dying process (and see the video I have previously shared from Barbara Karnes).
I believe everyone who takes the time to watch this video will have a better understanding of the natural process of dying. I am so thankful that I happened upon it. A friend came by and asked what I was watching and I said a video on dying. Which sounds so morbid and taboo. After watching it, I realize this information is not something to fear; it has changed the way I look at death and dying.
It is a gift to know how to recognize & help someone who is dying. I can’t thank Barbara Karnes enough for this gift.
Her book “Gone from my Sight – The Dying Experience” can also be downloaded if you Google the title. I haven’t read it yet but I imagine it will also be a great resource.
As the video is Barbara conducting a seminar, you really don’t have to find the time to sit and watch it ~ just listen…like a book on tape.