10 years or so ago, in MN, a large teaching hospital tried ending treatment to a persistently vegetative person. It received national attention. The hospital lost the court case. A nursing supervisor wrote a paper on it from a religious point of view, (catholisism). The spiritual aspects of the person, caregiver, etc are an issue. My parents both died painful deaths and suffered for months. I used to think that man has no right killing another. Now I feel some patients need a free referral to Dr. Jack Kerkovian. We live in a pluralistic society, and we should have that opportunity if we request it. However, ethical councils would be very helpful with pain management, psychology, clerical, and others involved when this need occurs. A friend of mine chose the terminal weaning and was barely 30, with three beautiful daughters. He was very coherent and not clinically depressed, according to the report. I worked on that floor, with others that knew him well. We still have a tough time dealing with that issue, and can not speak of him. His wife was a nurse and said he was a burden to his family. He did the deed after a Vikings game on a Sunday. I am getting choked up just remembering some of the details. Part of nursing is to allow peaceful deaths, or at least assist with that process. Since none of us is immortal, we in nursing deal with mortality every day. I have a living will, and so do most of my close friends. I also plan on getting a tattoo some day on my chest, DNR, DNI. Good luck with your article.