PSYC 16, Week 16 Notes
PSYC 16, Week 16 Notes PSYC 160
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Date Created: 04/25/16
Chapter Fifteen Continued Death and Dying 04/25/16 1. Communication with a Dying Individual a. Let them talk about death on their own time, unless it’s to discuss important information like a will b. Respect their wishes c. Let them focus on what they want, even if their focus is sadness 2. Nature of Death a. In the case when an individual is unable to decide for themselves… i. Power of attorney – authorization to represent or act on another's behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter ii. Living will – a legal document outlining what medical treatments people want or do not want 1. Notary public has to sign living will 2. Needs to be easily accessible in the case of an emergency b. Euthanasia – practice of assisting people who are terminally ill to die more quickly than they would naturally; 2 types i. Passive euthanasia – life sustaining devices are withheld and the individual dies a natural death ii. Voluntary active euthanasia – when death is deliberately induced 1. Ex. Dr. Jack Kevorkian assisted his patients deaths and was then imprisoned c. Assisted suicide – when an M.D. provides a person with the knowledge or means or both required to commit suicide i. Legal in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont, and New Mexico and known as the Death with Dignity law ii. In Oregon, only 752 people have died using this method since the law was implemented in 1997 iii. Patient must be chronically ill d. Brain damage, comatose, but conscious patients i. Patients in a vegetative state can moan, groan, and blink, but they’re actions are reflexive and not purposeful ii. 230,000 coma cases were reported and only 30,000 will remain in a coma iii. Neurologists did a study on 54 brain damaged patients and found 5 that were self-aware iv. Imagining tennis activities activates our motor cortex and imagining walking through the rooms of your house activates parahippocampal gyrus part of the brain 3. Customs a. In the U.S., funerals and mourning vary from place to place i. The average funeral costs around $15,000 b. Irish Americans celebrate and party after a death c. Traditional Jewish families will dedicate a whole week to mourning, immediate family members will wear a black armband for 30 days in the case of a parent dying and 7 days if someone else in the family dies, and they will keep the casket closed i. If allowed by city ordinance, they will hold the wake at home and not embalm the body d. Amish custom calls for the entire community to provide support to the family for at least a year and will take care of all aspects of the funeral e. Old Chinese custom for the wealthy would require burial of living servant with master
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