Case Study on Death and Dying

The practice of health care providers at all levels brings you into contact with people from a variety of faiths. This calls for knowledge and understanding of a diversity of faith expressions; for the purpose of this course, the focus will be on the Christian worldview.

Based on “Case Study: End of Life Decisions,” the Christian worldview, and the worldview questions presented in the required topic study materials you will complete an ethical analysis of George’s situation and his decision from the perspective of the Christian worldview.

Provide a 1,500-2,000-word ethical analysis while answering the following questions:

  1. How would George interpret his suffering in light of the Christian narrative, with an emphasis on the fallenness of the world?
  2. How would George interpret his suffering in light of the Christian narrative, with an emphasis on the hope of resurrection?
  3. As George contemplates life with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), how would the Christian worldview inform his view about the value of his life as a person?
  4. What sorts of values and considerations would the Christian worldview focus on in deliberating about whether or not George should opt for euthanasia?
  5. Based on the values and considerations above, what options would be morally justified in the Christian worldview for George and why?
  6. Based on your worldview, what decision would you make if you were in George’s situation?

Remember to support your responses with the topic study materials.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

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Hello Everyone,

I trust that we are all doing relatively good today. Here are some tips to complete this upcoming assignment.

  1. Review the instructions thoroughly. Understand what is expected of you.
  2. Review the rubric as well. Know how much you need to discuss to get full point in one section. One line discussion or mention of a point is not the same as a good paragraph on a point.
  3. Adhere to the minimum word count. Less that the minimum word count will cause 10% to be manually deducted. Minimum word count does not include the cover and pages of references. You make ask, how can I meet or even exceed the minimum word count. Well one tip for this is to use subheadings. Subheadings keep your discussion focused and deliberate. Without subheadings you stand the chance of discussing some point very well and others not so well, everything is one big jumble. Try using subheadings (just a suggestion). They are the sections of your paper.
  4.  An abstract is required. Therefore, familiarize yourself on how to write an abstract. Therefore, if the abstract is missing, another 10% is lost. Therefore know what it is required in an abstract.
  5. One thing you must know about the abstract is that it is on the second page after the cover page by itself. The abstract is not suppose to be part of the body. If the essay is written and the word abstract is planted at the top, it will be ignored as if you did not write one. Again, the abstract needs to be on the second page by itself. It should be a good solid paragraph. Centered at the top of that paragraph is the word abstract. the next page starts the body of the paper.
  6.  How many subheadings: about 6 subheadings
  7.  How would my paper look:

                                                        I.      Cover Page (page 1)

                                                         II.    Abstract (page 2)

                                                        III.    Body of Paper (Starts on page 3)

                                                        IV.     References ( starts on the new page after the body of the paper)

 8. I think I covered all that there is, however, if you have anything question or are unclear about anything, do not hesitate to ask here, in the   questions to instructor forum or in private.

Case Study: End of Life Decisions

George is a successful attorney in his mid-fifties. He is also a legal scholar, holding a teaching post at the local university law school in Oregon. George is also actively involved in his teenage son’s basketball league, coaching regularly for their team. Recently, George has experienced muscle weakness and unresponsive muscle coordination. He was forced to seek medical attention after he fell and injured his hip. After an examination at the local hospital following his fall, the attending physician suspected that George may be showing early symptoms for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a degenerative disease affecting the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The week following the initial examination, further testing revealed a positive diagnosis of ALS.

ALS is progressive and gradually causes motor neuron deterioration and muscle atrophy to the point of complete muscle control loss. There is currently no cure for ALS, and the median life expectancy is between 3 and 4 years, though it is not uncommon for some to live 10 or more years. The progressive muscle atrophy and deterioration of motor neurons leads to the loss of the ability to speak, move, eat, and breathe. However, sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell are not affected. Patients will be wheelchair bound and eventually need permanent ventilator support to assist with breathing.

George and his family are devastated by the diagnosis. George knows that treatment options only attempt to slow down the degeneration, but the symptoms will eventually come. He will eventually be wheelchair bound and be unable to move, eat, speak, or even breathe on his own.

In contemplating his future life with ALS, George begins to dread the prospect of losing his mobility and even speech. He imagines his life in complete dependence upon others for basic everyday functions and perceives the possibility of eventually degenerating to the point at which he is a prisoner in his own body. Would he be willing to undergo such torture, such loss of his own dignity and power? George thus begins inquiring about the possibility of voluntary euthanasia.

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