Mar 21, 2011 01:58PM barbe1958 wrote:
We did this for both our parents as they were dying. My Mom was in a coma but would still twitch with pain. We asked her doctor if they couldn't just "overdose her on morphine". He said, he couldn't, but we could. He advised us to ask for a morphine shot every time we wanted and hospice (in the hospital) would administer it. So basically, she drifts off into oblivion and the morphine slows down her respiration until it finally stops. VERY, very peaceful! When my Dad was dying, (hospice in hospital) we did the same thing without asking. The nurses knew what we were doing....
Both my parents had peaceful, controlled passings. No drama or pain filled anguish. My Dad's only fear was pain and we assured him we wouldn't let him suffer (he wasn't at my Mom's death as they were divorced). So the point is no IV's feeding the body with sustenance, and morphine shots to keep you out of pain. When you advance enough to slip into a coma and your organs begin to shut down, more morphine. I've heard it said that cancer patients don't die of cancer, they die of starvation. It is our human will to survive, and some will fight to the end. The morphine makes it a very gentle experience.
I hope this gives you some peace. Much love, Barbe