Thursday, April 10, 2008

Pull the Plug

Joe and I got into a discussion the other day and I would like others to weigh in on the debate. Do you think it would be easier to pull the plug on a family member that was unconscious and unresponsive or to help a conscious family member decided to go off of life support? I am not going to tell you who was on which side, so that the answers aren't prejudice...maybe guessing can be another game for everyone.

6 comments:

Minnie said...

It would be harder to pull the plug on an unconscious family member. Being able to support someone through their final journey in life is an exercise in true love.

Stephanie said...

Ditto, if they are conscious, then you know that that is what they want.

melanie said...

I agree as well. Personally taking responsibility to end the life of another, no matter the 'quality' of that life, seems the most difficult question possibly ever. Assisting someone in making that decision for themselves would take away my personal responsibility and allow me to focus on being there for them. Besides the former question can't help but remind me of 'Metamorphasis:' where his family never said it, but really was not able to move on until he was gone. Still, did he have a life anymore? That story was strangely dramatic and sad for me...

Casie said...

Melanie, I love that you brought that discussion to Kafka!!!

Janette Korzec said...

I love Minnies answer and agree with it. But deciding to pull the plug on an unconscious & unresponsive person depends on your depth of knowledge and understanding of that person. Sometimes you have to ask are you keeping that person alive or preventing them from dying?

Colleen said...

I definitely agree with Mom's answer. What about you and Joe?