Three questions

Tackle one or more of the following questions and then return to Step 2.


A. Ask one or more members of the medical team: “Would you be surprised if [_____ (name of person)] died within the next three months [or 30 days]?”

* Have a discussion about the answer they give. A short remaining life expectancy (three months or less) suggests it’s time to make the switch to pursue peace. *

or
B. Ask one or more members of the medical team about life expectancy if you see two or more of these signs which can be indications that a person has 30 days or less to live:

  • No longer able to swallow safely.
  • No longer eating or interested in eating.
  • Blood pressure drops from their normal range.
  • Temperature fluctuates between fever and cold.
  • Breathing rate much higher or lower than normal.
  • Sleeps most of the time.
  • Sees or converses with persons or pets who are not present.
  • Heart rate speeds up or slows down from their normal rate.
  • Hands, arms, feet, legs now cold, purplish or blotchy.
  • Kidney patient has stopped dialysis.

* Have a discussion about the answer they give. A short remaining life expectancy suggests it’s time to make the switch to pursue peace.*

or
C. Gather information about the situation. Ask yourself: If [_____ (name of person)] could view their situation right now, would [_____ (name of person)] choose continued or additional medical treatment or choose to switch to peace?

* Be guided by your knowledge of the situation and by your knowledge of the person you love and their wishes and values.*


Tackle one or more of the above questions and then return to Step 2.