This work offers mental health practitioners information about the choices that people must make regarding how they will die, or how they will resist dying, and about the ethical issues involved in making those choices. It presents the major moral, value-based, and ethical principles that guide end-of-life decision-making, including autonomy, beneficence, mercy, and justice. It also reviews the elements of informed consent, competence, and other issues that guide the American legal system's stance on this controversial debate. It articulates the role and functions that mental health practitioners, particularly psychologists, can fulfil as members of end-of-life interdisciplinary teams to help individuals interact more fully with their loved ones and make decisions on a path toward increasing the probability of death with dignity.
Modern End-Of Life Issues - An Overview; Ethical And Legal Issues In End-Of-Life Decisions; The Wish To Die - Decisions That Do Not Prolong And May Hasten The Dying Process; The Wish To Die - Assisted Suicide And Voluntary Euthanasia; The Wish To Prolong Life; Alternatives In Care At The End Of Life; The Psychologist's Role In End-Of-Life Care; Concluding Thoughts On Suffering, Dying, And Choice.