"DNR" WK 4

As I had previously mentioned, my family and I were recently faced with the decision to withdraw support from my brother-in-law, Erick. He was a strong 27-year-old with no health problems whatsoever. He had suffered sudden cardiac arrest and was resuscitated but due to the unknown amount of time that he was without oxygen, he remained unconscious. Efforts were made at the hospital to reverse the effects, but sadly, the swelling and extent of brain damage was too significant and eventually he was declared brain dead. Immediately he was put on life support. In Erick's case, he did not leave an Advance Directive or a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care so my in-laws being his next of kin, were left to decide how to proceed. There were discussions and even debates between my in-laws and my wife because they each believed they knew what Erick would want, but could not agree with each other. Eventually, Erick's heart stopped and he went home to be with the Lord.
I am 45 years old and while I've passively thought about the topic of a Living Will, it honestly has never been a priority until now. This tragic event has made me realize that it is of utmost importance to have an Advance Directive. My wife and I, after much prayer, have discussed the matter of what our wishes are if such a situation were to arise. We both agree that in the given case that one of us (or both of us) were unable to make medical decisions, that our Advance Directive would indicate the designated person what our wishes are. I would hate to put my loved ones in such a difficult position to decide how to proceed with me medically. Having an Advance Directive would alleviate any pressure they might feel by making my wished known. If my heart stopped, I would authorize medical personnel to a DNR. I would not want any further efforts to bring me back regardless of the possibilities. I for one hand, would not want to be on a ventilator if the prognosis was bleak or would result in eventual death. My desire would be to die a natural death and be with the Lord. As Paul states in 2 Corinthians 5:8 "Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord."