Patients’ Rights

Patients’ Rights

The Dying Person’s Bill of RightsI have the right to be treated as a living human being until I die.

  1. I have the right to maintain a sense of hopefulness and to be cared for by those who maintain a sense of hopefulness however changing its focus may be.
  2. I have the right to express my feelings and emotions about my approaching death in my own way.
  3. I have the right to participate in decisions concerning my care.
  4. I have the right to expect continuing medical and nursing attention even though cure goals are changed to comfort goals.
  5. I have the right not to die alone unless I so wish.
  6. I have the right to be free from pain.
  7. I have the right to have my questions answered honestly.
  8. I have the right to have help from, and for, my family in accepting my death.
  9. I have the right to die in peace and dignity.
  10. I have the right to maintain my individuality and not be judged for my decisions, which may be contrary to be beliefs of others.
  11. I have the right to discuss and enlarge my religious and/or spiritual experiences, whatever these may mean to others.
  12. I have the right to expect that the sanctity of the human body will be respected after death.

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