Dying Person’s Bill of Rights
I have the right to
- Be treated as a living human until I die.
- Maintain a sense of hopefulness, however changing its focus may be.
- Be cared for by those who can maintain a sense of hopefulness, however challenging this may be.
- Express my feelings and emotions about my approaching death in my own way.
- Participate in decisions concerning my care.
- Expect continuing medical and nursing attention even though “cure” goals must be changed to “comfort” goals.
- Not die alone.
- Be free of pain.
- Have my questions answered honestly.
- Retain my individuality and not be judged for my decisions, which may be contrary to the belief of others.
- Expect that the sanctity of the human body will be respected after death.
- Be cared for by caring, sensitive, knowledgeable people who will attempt to understand my needs and will be able to gain some satisfaction in helping me face my death.