If you’re not familiar with the acronym “DNR”, you may want to familiarize yourself with it. A do-not-resuscitate order, or DNR order, is a medical order written by a doctor. It instructs health care providers not to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if a patient’s breathing stops or if the patient’s heart stops beating.

Throughout the recent Bobbi Kristina Brown news, it has made me realize that having a DNR in place may not be a bad idea. It’s said that the quality of life a person has after coming out of a medically induced coma often leaves the patient fully dependent on their family or health provider. Often times they never fully recover and are able to live the life they previously lived.

Although I understand how family members may not want to ‘let go’, sometimes they need to think more about the person’s situation than their own feelings. In a conversation with my sister, I jokingly told her that I bequeathed her my Facebook account, and also let her know that if anything was ever to happen to me, just let me go. Of course she thought it was a creepy conversation to have, but in light of the recent issues with those like Jahi Mcmath and Bobbi Kristina, it’s a much-needed conversation.


Clutchettes, what do you think about DNR orders? Would you ever put one in place for yourself?

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  • Anthony

    DNRs make a ton of sense, and they remove a sense of guilt that some would feel if they had to give the order to cut off the machines.

  • Me

    i respect a person’s right to not be medically accosted. i also think medical suicide should be legal. i think it’s selfish for folks to force someone to go through the trauma of medical procedures just so they can have someone in their life a little while longer. i’m not saying people should just give up on life without seeking help first to see if things could get better, but who are we to prescribe misery onto someone else who wants to move on? i think people should think long and hard about whether they want to be resuscitated & if they choose not to, they need to tell everyone around them of their choice to avoid your life becoming a legal rift b/t your family.

  • noirluv45

    I’m all for DNR’s. It takes away the guess work out of what a person desires at the end of their life.

    My mother had one. We had to let her go because she was on a ventilator, and she had no quality of life. The hardest thing to do was to let her go, but it made no sense to keep her the way she was.

  • BillipPhailey

    Absolutely. Why make people suffer and diminish an estate with needless expenses.

  • Delia

    End of life decisions needs to be a national discussion and initiative. As a nurse, I see the turmoil of cases like Bobbi Kristina day in and day out. Death is inevitable and needs to be addressed. Making a decision and wishes known while you are competent relieves so much burden from the family. However, families need to RESPECT their loved ones wishes and think of their quality of life rather than their own sorrow.
    Hopefully, President Obama can bring end of life care to the table again and it won’t be shut down by partisan politics and dubbed the ‘death panel’ again by spreading lies the government is trying to kill your grandmother smh…thanks Palin.