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as the cessation of integrated tissue and organ function, manifested by lack of heartbeat, absence of spontaneous respirations, or irreversible brain dysfunction.
a death free of avoidable distress and suffering for patients, families, and caregivers. in agreement with the patients' and families wishes and consistent with clinical practice standards
pain, not having one's wishes followed at the end of one's life, isolation, abandonment, and agonizing about losses of associated with death
purpose for advance directives
provide guidance especially to health care professionals, regarding how to make decisions regarding life sustaining treatment when one loses his or her decision making ability
major focus of hospice is
quality of life
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