Moyers On Dying And The Zen Hospice Project

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The video “Moyers on Dying, Program 3- A Death of One’s Own,” discusses various perspectives on fear of death among terminally ill people as well as their family members. The video focuses on the Zen Hospice Project, which provides hospice care to people dying of cancer, AIDS, and other serious illness. The primary goal of this project includes fostering more transformative approaches to end-of life issues. The project follows the principle that death is a time for important psychological, emotional, and spiritual transition. Mostly, evidence presented in the video contains personal stories and emotional appeals from volunteers as well as family members of dying patients. One of the volunteers, Alicia, says, “The hospice work teaches sort of …show more content…
Living will and Durable Power of Attorney are the most common types of advance directives, although other documents might be necessary for legal purpose depending on individual’s condition and the location.
Legally, an advance directive provides individuals the right to make determinations regarding their medical care in advance. The preferred medical care applies in the event they are unable to choose what they want for the medical care. The advance directive also allows individuals to designate an agent to make health related decisions. The decisions might include “Resuscitation, Mechanical ventilation, Tube feeding, Dialysis, Antibiotics or antiviral medications, Comfort care (palliative care), Organ and tissue donations, and body donation for a scientific study.” (Mayo Clinic Consumer Health, 2015). Thus, an advance directive plays an important legal role in the end of life
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Taking someone’s life requires justification which involves personal as well as social concerns. The federal government does not have any law on assisted suicide. Currently, four states in the US legalized physician assisted suicide, and one state is in the process of legalizing, while forty five states consider assisted suicide illegal (State by State Guide, 2015). Moreover, it might be difficult to distinguish the assisted suicide from murder, even in the legalized

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