1. What are the potential foreseeable financial, psychological, and medical, yet unintended,

harmful consequences to one’s family and friends in failing to provide a properly

executed will and living will prior to one’s final illness and death?

2. What are the fundamental distinctions between recuperative medical care and palliative

care? Who should be included in the decision to modify care from recuperative to

palliative? When, if ever, is the right to refuse any and all medical care appropriate

when such virtually ensures the death of the patient?

3. What professionals, medical or otherwise, should be involved in advising decisions

concerning end-of-life wishes? How does euthanasia differ from a simple cessation of

treatment? Who should make end of life decisions for those who are without a family

member to take on such a role?

4. What measures can be taken to ensure the quality of ongoing family and social

relationships, individually and as a group, to end-of-life patients? What pitfalls are to be

avoided in ensuring maintenance of these relationships? What actions may be taken to

ensure the spiritual and existential dimensions of the process are respected and

integrated?

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