Frankly speaking people can laugh out about what others might said now without knowing that those word might be the last of it. Taking care of critically ill patient did expose me with a lot of this kinda of situation. I had seen several people who try to joke around with us by saying this might be their last meal or I wanna this but we did not allow them to have it and in the end their joke seems to be the fact than joke itself. Sometimes whenever all this kinda critically ill person said something for me the spouse or children should listen to what their last will.
I did see some children who carried out their parents last will as it suppose to since some of them had reached the golden age like 70-80 years old and above. So what more did they expect from them when they try to make them alive just practically alive but cannot mentally do anything. Their body system just cannot cope anymore with what they wanna do. It kinda of upset when I did saw they didnt actually follow their parents last will. Sometimes whenever I took care of this kinda of patient I always thought how suffer they are. Cannot speak, eat, walk, move freely as they will. Just imagine you cannot do anything as what your mind want you to do when there is no slight chances to cure itself. Just do bare in mind that our body had its own limit to everything and we are not immortal being.
If those patient is the kinda that can cure it might be okay but imagine the geriatric person. In the end most of them just expanding their life without having any qualities of it as it suppose too and the relatives just please do not try to blame others since we are not God who can take anyone life as we will. All we can do is pray and we try to do our best in taking care of them. Verbal will might not a something with black & white on the paper but at least we should respect it.