When Life Support Doesn't Support Life

By Mark Zeltser

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), January 1999

A scientific definition of what constitutes "life" does not provide a guide for making difficult choices about life's precarious states. Maybe it would be better to describe life as something that gives one joy or hope. One can receive joy from people, the sun, food, a good book. Traditionally, Jews were more blessed with hope than with joy. Hope helped us survive the Inquisition, pogroms and the Holocaust. When I saw that my mother no longer had hope, I chose to take her off life support.

Topic: Morality, Ethics, Death and Mourning, Family, Values

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.29/no.558

Page Number(s): 5-6

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Brooklyn, New York , United States

Language: English

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Zeltser, Mark. When Life Support Doesn't Support Life. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). January 1999: 5-6. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8779


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