I have very often been at the bedside of a dying person, as you can well imagine, and, even when in palliative care facilities or when being provided that in their homes, that the well-intentioned care-giver has the dying person so drugged that they are completely “out” long before they would be otherwise, and not necessarily because their pain is so great that such is required.
It has always been my understanding from doctors and health care professionals that the human body can handle pain and even block it out, as needed, to a certain extent, and meds only need be given to keep discomfort from becoming excruciating, but not to the level of a complete comatose state. Rather than my attempting to play doctor or care-giver, I’d encourage you to read the article Fr. Tad provides on the topic. He IS a professional in his awareness and his insight may indeed be helpful to you at some point along the way.
His is very much an article (when appearing) that you do not want to miss—along with Bishop’s, of course, in each publication of Today’s Catholic. They are always interesting and informative when it comes to medical ethics and forming your own conscience on such matters.
- Fr. John