Rebekah Honeycutt

Light and Love be with you!

A Thought: A Moral/Ethical Dilema

In our culture it is considered wrong to not do everything possible to keep another human alive. In saying that, I disagree. When a person has decided that they are ready to leave this life and move on (to the next, or heaven, or whatever comes after death) I believe full-heartedly that decision is theirs to make. My personal reality of this occurred with my wonderful, amazing Grandmother. She was a breast cancer survivor from the first episode, and the second episode attacked her lungs. She was in the hospital being given morphine for her pain, and oxygen to aid her in continuing life. The oxygen was not just by one source, but two. She was on a NC at 6 lpm, and also a NRB at 10 lpm. These two were simultaneously keeping her oxygen saturation at 91-93%. She couldn’t speak very much due to the work to breathe. She continued like this for weeks, it was difficult to watch. She never complained or acted in a non-kind manner. She was ready to go; she had been for 14 years when the love of her life passed away. When the day came and I was the only person in the room with her, she reached over and grabbed my hand with her left. She looked deep into my eyes while she reached up and took her oxygen off with her right. I asked her if she was ready to go, and she nodded. She then continued to stare ahead without fear, without emotion. I told her to tell my grandfather hello and dance with him and Jesus for me (she was very religious). I began singing her favorite songs as she passed into the next life. My mother came in during this time and tried to put the oxygen back on, I wouldn’t allow it, and she then realized what was occurring. In my career field we are shown the ways to keep another alive, by any means necessary. In this moment, none of those procedures/protocols were needed. We are not taught how to handle this situation, but in my eyes, I did exactly what needed to be done.


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