Posted 03 November 2012 - 08:59 AM
Decisions on end of life care have to be taken by the patient, the family and the doctors all together. Some people are determined to move heaven and earth to stay alive one more hour, others are happy to go as soon as nature takes them.
And for those who do not know - LCP is the withdrawal of food and/or liquid from a terminally ill patient in hospital.
I have known several elderly people who have chosen to no longer eat and take their medicines whilst living at home in order to stop delaying the inevitable. It may not be a comfortable thing to have to deal with for the famiy, and may even be regarded as suicide, but at least they died with dignity.