The end of life can be a difficult and challenging time for individuals and families, particularly with respect to medical issues and concerns. The articles in this section address ethical issues that arise surrounding end-of-life care including withholding and withdrawing of treatment, terminal sedation, determination of death, DNR (“do not resuscitate”) orders, artificial nutrition and hydration (“feeding tubes”), euthanasia, assisted suicide, as well as the availability and opportunities associated with palliative medicine and hospice care. CBHD also provides an advance directive form in both English and Spanish.
For related materials, also consult the Clinical & Medical Ethics, Disability Ethics, and Human Dignity Bibliographies.
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Culture is so easily influenced by the entertainment industry. This is why I am sounding an alarm about a very dangerous message in a film released earlier this summer. It’s simply titled Me Before You.
In 2015, while serving as President of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), I took the opportunity in the annual presidential address to raise what I think are some of the most pressing issues facing the church today in medicine, particularly at the edges of life. What follows are thoughts adapted from my presentation.