Death with Dignity
Ethical and Practical Considerations for Caregivers of the Terminally Ill
Distributed for University of Scranton Press
End-of-life issues and questions are complex and frequently cause confusion and anxiety. In Death with Dignity, theologian, medical ethicist, and pastoral caregiver Peter A. Clark examines numerous issues that are pertinent to patients, family members, and health care professionals, including physiology, consciousness, the definition of death, the distinction between extraordinary and ordinary means, medical futility, “Do Not Resuscitate” orders, living wills, power of attorney, pain assessment and pain management, palliative and hospice care, the role of spirituality in end-of-life care, and physicians’ communication with terminal patients. Patients, family members, medical students, and health care professionals will find in Death with Dignity the practical and ethical knowledge they need to capably and confidently cope with end-of-life challenges.