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  •  The best way to make sure you die w dignity (4+ / 0-)

    My ex-husband's next-of-kin are his ultra-catholic parents.  If he ended up in a coma, and he had no planning documents, they'd be the ones legally authorized to decide what would happen to him.  My ex is pretty sure they'd demand he be kept alive as long as possibe, regardless of the prognosis.

    For him, a living will and healthcare power of attorney naming someone other than his parents is the ONLY way he can ensure he won't end up like Terry Schiavo.  

    Luckily for him, he knows about his options.  Too bad some people want to deny that knowledge and power to others.

    •  Some Christians Mystify Me (4+ / 0-)
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      "...My ex is pretty sure they'd demand he be kept alive as long as possibe, regardless of the prognosis..."

      Some "Christians" mystify me because they pursue policies which would have prevented Christ from undergoing the Crucifixion in the first place.  If Jesus Christ had wanted to avoid the Crucifixion, he could very easily have done so.  That would have saved his life but it certainly wouldn't have done much for the Christian faith.

      Worse, they deny their own faith.  Their belief in a God, a Savior, salvation and the after life should reinforce their willingness to accept death as a natural part of life.  Instead, they deny their beliefs, clinging on to whatever pathetic shred of existence available.  This doesn't apply to just Roman Catholics either, because the right-wing fundamentalist crowd appears to be even more in denial about this issue.

      "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

      by PrahaPartizan on Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 09:15:46 AM PDT

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      •  Thats the thing tho (0+ / 0-)

        supposed to be in the end days
        with the rapture coming they hope to not see death but rise up to meet him in the sky

      •  Interesting perspective, but (1+ / 0-)
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        it's way too introspective for my ex-in-laws.  They just do what the local priest tells them is right -- don't ask them to undertake their own examination of what is and isn't consistent with actual Christian or Catholic doctrines.

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