Call Them ‘Compassion Panels,’ Not ‘Death Panels’

I think that we need to re-label the idea of these “panels” (which never existed to begin with, although people seem to think that they did and/or do exist) as “compassion panels” — and we need to change our vocabulary in talking with our loved ones to “compassionate discussions” — so that we are actually talking about how we need to treat people with compassion no matter what decision has to be made concerning a loved one’s end of life issues.


Families act out of compassion for their loved one. It is excruciating for family members to watch their loved one “suffer.”


by Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs