What’s that?!  The initials of DNR abbreviate the form that indicates Do Not Resuscitate.  A DNR status allows a person to not require cardiopulmonary resuscitation when their heart or respirations cease.

Signing the form comes after a process of facing your physical mortality.  Accepting that you will not be recovering from your condition.

How hard is this decision?  VERY!  When I watch people sign their own DNR, it usually is an “of-course” I don’t want CPR.  When legal representatives sign, there comes a paradox of grief and conflict…people express they feel they are “giving up” on their loved one.

I tried to sign a DNR form as a trial run.  When the pen actually was at the paper’s edge, I became tense and hesitated big time.  It’s just not that easy.


About jackiebates

Experience: Registered Nurse 31 years Hospice Nurse 6 years Certified Hospice Palliative Nurse 4 years Caring for the dying is a passion that continues to grow and motivate me in life. Their intimate situations has allowed me a unique opportunity to help facilitate what others and I can learn about real life. Please teach me, challenge me and help me help others. All material written is copywritten 2011
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