Journal of Bioethical Enquiry

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More Than “Spending Time with the Body”: The Role of a Family’s Grief in Determinations of Brain Death

Sun, 2019-11-03 22:00
AbstractIn many ways, grief is thought to be outside the realm of bioethics and clinical ethics, and grieving patients or family members may be passed off to grief counselors or therapists. Yet grief can play a particularly poignant role in the ethical encounter, especially in cases of brain death, where the line between life and death has been blurred. Although brain death is legally and medically recognized as death in the United States and elsewhere, the concept has been contentious since its inception in 1968. Yet in most cases, families are not allowed to reject the determination of brain death. Apart from religious exemptions, families have no recourse to reject this controversial determination of death. This paper explores the role of grief in brain death determinations and argues t...
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All Across the Universe: Bioethics Across Cultures

Mon, 2019-10-28 22:00
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