End Of Life Decision Making

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The purpose of this paper is to analyze what we know about death, dying, and end of life decision making based off our book “Tite” as well as my own personal reactions and experiences. Some of the topics I will be discussing are religion, spirituality, socialization, lifespan issues, family and larger social systems, as well as the ethical and legal issues and their impact on end of life decision making.
To begin, I will discuss religion. Religion is a set of practices and beliefs. While that is the technical description of religion, religion goes much deeper. Religion affects behavior, decisions, and attitude which is why religion is an important topic to consider for oneself and when providing care. For catholics, last rites are a very important
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I think that many people do not consider social class to necessarily be a culture, but for me it is, a fact that became very apparent to me after beginning college. I cannot imagine living in a world where money is not the immediate first concern of a person when doing or deciding anything. Which is why in my sociology class when the professor asked the class what are some reasons someone may not attend college the fact that no one said anything about money or resources or time was confounding to me. I think social class is definitely a type of culture. While my family’s end of life preferences would probably line up with the dominant preference of other white people, I think the willingness and accessibility needed to perform end of life planning is lacking. Asking any person in poverty to take steps in end of life planning would probably result in laughter. The information is not readily available and most of the availability would require some time set aside. For example, recently my grandparents received an invitation from a local funeral home to come out for a free meal and to talk about end of life decision making. Now looking past the obvious elderly demographic, this seems like a good way to get people to talk about end of life decisions. But in reality, many poor people do not have the extra time to do something like that, and at most would go for the free food alone, because in the end when one lives paycheck-to-paycheck taking steps for the end just are not a priority when you are not even sure what is going to happen in the present and the present takes precedence. I think that if we want people to take end life decision making measures the
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