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DNR Decisions

I overheard a chaplain chatting with a social worker about a patient.

“She [the patient] asked me,” the chaplain said, “if a DNR order would interfere with her getting to heaven.”

My two colleagues slowly moved away from me. I don’t know if the social worker responded, or what the chaplain had explained to the patient after she asked her heavenly question. Maybe my two colleagues continued talking about this patient or shifted to other subjects.

I’m not sure anyone could tell the patient about heaven’s entry requirements. Different faith traditions have different views of the “better place” after death. Humans have pondered Valhalla and Nirvana and Paradise and Heaven for millennia. I’ve read and heard some Christians describe heaven as far more difficult to enter than an Ivy League school. I’ve read and heard other believers claim the “pearly gates” are wide and welcoming for every soul. Read More →

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