Quote from taylynnfree
I didnt add this to my story but the husband really didn't agree he felt like she was being killed.he didnt protest too much just made those few comments. but it was her decision and yes there are worse things than death ...it just shook me a little
It should shake you. You should never take it lightly, but it is the right thing to do sometimes.
I am not sure if your issue is with the patients decision, the families reaction, the process of her death or the nurses attitude, but everyone reacts to death differently, you need to find your way. The fact that this happened 2 years ago and still sits on your mind like this is a bit concerning.
And I disagree with some of the comments about morphine. While technically it is not used to stop respirations, the end result of "stopping the pain" is respirations stopping.
Did the staff "kill" the patient, no.
Did they hasten the process, yes.
Did the patient die under her own terms and comfortable, yes.
As said, how many patients do we see that are obviously in distress and discomfort but family wants us to do everything to keep them alive. I have more issues with this than letting someone go.
If this episode bothered you, DO NOT even think about going into Hospice care.