Dying Person’s Bill of Rights

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.
Morris Moses Foundation

menu