Right to end-of-life visits

Right to end-of-life visits

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Michael Dao started this petition to Hospital Administrators and

RIGHT TO SAY GOODBYE

We are respectfully requesting the right to end-of-life visits. Family members should have the “right to say goodbye.” In the U.S. it is the discretion of individual hospitals and their administration.

We understand the potential risks to everyone involved. This will not be an easy task, but feel that it is a basic human right. The closure of being able to have at least one to two family members present during their relatives last moments of life’s importance cannot be understated. The closure, and gratitude felt by those affected, is a cherished moment that will remain with them throughout their lives.

There are measures, as well as precedence, of individuals whom have had the ability to share the last moments with their loved ones. Quarantine, PPE, as well as having the present family member provide a virtual/online visitation for other family members not present, are some ways to consider. NBCNews.com “From a psychological standpoint, Clinical psychologist Laura Bezos Saldaña said it also allowed families to start their grieving process properly.” There are healthcare professionals who have begun considering the benefits and steps to implement this. Here is a quote from WebMD, “For visitation to work, families would have to choose one or two representatives who will be allowed into the hospital, and those relatives will have to show that they can be taught all of the facility's infection control rules and will comply with them, Curley said.” “The entire family going in, you can't have that because you would just be exposing huge numbers of people to this," Curley said. "Within a family there may be one or even two people who could understand the significance of being there who could be taught to protect themselves and to go into the room and to be there with the family member."

In addition to this we believe that the benefits of social interaction between those affected and their loved ones are essential to recovery. Leaving our family members to deteriorate isolated until a point of no return is unacceptable. Social isolation clearly impacts mental well-being, but it has also been associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, dementia and premature mortality. Those who maintain strong social bonds, perhaps not surprisingly, generally lead longer, happier and healthier lives. So we would ask that this also be considered, to allow maintaining of social bonds, as a major goal immediately.

These are scary times, even more so for our loved ones who are forced with facing this alone. Nothing worth doing or having is ever done easily. There is no greater worth than God and time with family. Please consider our request with the upmost urgency. Put yourself in the position of a family member alone about to take their last breath, or those not aloud to say I love you or goodbye one last time.

Please consider what this means for families everywhere, even your own, as well as signing this petition. Are you willing to stand up for those who are alone? Thank you & God bless us all.

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