Tuesday, April 13, 2010

denying every one life...

... it may seem contradictory that working with dying patients is life affirming but it is. Euthanasia not only robs the dying of their last remaining days, it robs the health care professionals of their ability to be empathetic. I know too many medical professionals who become robotic and devoid of emotion while providing care; duty usurps compassion.

The dying have so much to offer society and even more to teach us about love & life. We should never be so quick to stifle or extinguish the light they provide.

One invaluable thing I have learned thus far is to never be afraid to tell the people that mean the most to you what is on your heart. Never.


nazareth priest said...

I wonder if sometimes if people don't pray and don't love the Lord, understand the gift of life, even in the most difficult of circumstances, they "harden" themselves as a false sense of "self-protection" and don't allow compassion, empathy and true presence to the dying to come forth.
Prayer is the only answer here.
Only prayer.
And love.

PaxetBonum said...

Last week I went to visit my favorite aunt from my childhood family, who is dying in a nursing home in the Sierra foothills north of Fresno. She turned 90 in Feruary. I remember her as a dynamic, cheerful, hard-working wife and mother, in constant motion and always with a kind word for all. She has had several mild heart attacks and strokes over the last 10 years, and now has been assigned to hospice and spends most of her days and nights in a hospital bed, her shrunken, contorted body slowly failing to obey her will. But the sweet, tough lady I have always known is still there, smiling out through the pain and medications, talking quietly with family members and making her characteristic wry observations and corny jokes. She knows her time to leave is approaching, but she makes it clear she values every moment she is still here, even though she has been here a very long time, and she won't go willingly. She loves God, life and her family.

My aunt lived through and participated in ninety years of the most incredible progress, deprivation, horrifying terror and destruction in human history. We must never fail to honor the experiences and achievements of our elders, and care for them until they reach the very end of their earthly journey.

Theocoid said...

I took care of my ex-wife's mother when she was dying of cancer. It was an oddly life-affirming experience.

newguy40 said...

What a wonderful and touching post.
Thanks for the responses, too. They are quite affirming in their own right.

Badger Catholic said...

Are there any hospitals still run by actual Catholic women religious? Whether corporate or socialist healthcare, there's only one way to get the real thing baby.