Questions that face dying individuals, their families, and the professionals that help them at the end of their lives are explored in this volume. The contributors help the reader to come to terms with issues of mortality complicated by the diversity of cultures within society.
Chapter 3: Cognitive Changes That Affect Capacity and End-of-Life Decisions
This section of the book provides information about the major religious traditions practiced by North Americans—Christianity (and Catholicism, one of Christianity's denominations), Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism. Each chapter addresses questions such as the following:
- How many people are affiliated with this religion, and what are the major subgroups within the faith?
- What are some of the beliefs of the faith, and how are they relevant to end-of-life decision making?
- How are religious tenets being applied to questions of assisted suicide, organ donation, and advance planning?
Readers will find that all faiths affirm the value of life and oppose suicide and killing. Yet, in the face of life-extending technology, the issues rarely are black and white; ...