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Homeward BoundModern Families, Elder Care, and Loss$
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Amy Ziettlow and Naomi Cahn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190261092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190261092.001.0001

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Decision-Making without Planning

Decision-Making without Planning

Looking for Direction

(p.65) 5 Decision-Making without Planning
Homeward Bound

Amy Ziettlow

Naomi Cahn

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 explores the surrogate decision-making experience in the absence of advance directives. It explains the legal and pragmatic default rules for appointing a decision-maker and the guiding principles for that decision-maker, such as substitutive judgment or best interests. Finally, it explores how decisions were actually made, and what role family structure played to complicate or simplify the experience, especially in the decision to “pull the plug.”

Keywords:   surrogate decision-making, end of life care, ICU, pull the plug, euthanasia, assisted suicide, religion, faith, prayer

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