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.
Part 1: The Medical, Legal, and Ethical Context of Death and Dying
This section of the book provides an overview of some of the medical, legal, and ethical concerns relative to end-of-life decision making, such as the following:
- What happens physically when someone dies?
- What symptoms might a dying person experience, and how can they be alleviated?
- What cognitive changes occur with normal aging and with various disease states, and how do these changes affect someone's ability to make decisions?
- What laws are in place to ensure that an individual's end-of-life wishes are followed?
- Who can make decisions for someone who is incapacitated?
- What types of end-of-life conflicts and disagreements occur?[Page 12]
- How can disputes over end-of-life issues ...