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.