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What are some of the ethical dilemmas a human service worker working in hospice might face?

Oct 16th, 2014

When dealing with  elderly and dying people, it is very difficult at time to control one's feelings in a situation which is obviously emotionally charged. Most people rarely see death but working in such close proximity and seeing elderly people dying on a regular basis may even lead one to doubt one's religious beliefs:Why is there death? Why do people have to suffer so much pain.?  It might even cause you to think of euthanasia - especially if the person pleads with you and asks for help to end his/her suffering - there have been cases where the nurses have used injection.                                                                                                                                                    

Another dilemma : is it right to abandon your mother/ father/ brother/sister when you could easily take care of them. You will meet such cases where the person has taken the easy way out, having lot's of money to pay others to look after their relative. If such a person never bothers to visit or even talk to the elderly relative, should you speak to them about their cruelty and neglect.? If you have become friendly and attached to a person in the hospice who later dies, should you now be more careful not to show so much affection and regard it just as a job like any other? 

These are spme of the ethical dilemmas you will have to face and come to terms with.



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