Our current under-the-radar decision making

Our current under-the-radar decision making

By Jan Caro

Usually the increase in pain relief is agreed to, in a coded fashion, by both the relatives and medical practitioners tending to the dying person.The group we never consider are those who grieve. And those are the people who – in desperate circumstances – we currently expect to shoulder the burden of making the life or death decision without any legal support and, with some honourable exceptions, not much support from the medical profession either. Our current murky, unregulated, under-the-radar way of death may protect the finer sensibilities of the medical profession but it hangs grieving relatives out to dry. Worse, it can create secrets and divisions in already grieving families.

Click for PDF of article from The Saturday Paper 10/12/16 – article-by-jane-caro-the-saturday-paper-101216