Far better to die with dignity than to do so in desperation

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LETTER

To all those who oppose legalising euthanasia, I ask this question: Have you had a relation or close friend spend an extended period in continuous pain, from a condition for which there is no remedy, before dying?

If you haven’t, you have no idea what you are talking about.

Here is an example from our family. Aunty, who was in this position and knowing there was no possible cure, in sheer desperation set off in her wheelchair towards the river in the middle of the night. Fortunately she was stopped.

You can use words like “put to death”, “killed” or “murdered” by her doctor, but these are just words and they don’t alter the basic facts one iota. And the facts are it is far better to die with dignity, when and where you choose, rather than any other way in desperation.

I don’t know how you can be so cruel to inflict suffering, not only on strangers but potentially your own family.

To gain first-hand knowledge of the subject, talk to the caregivers in a retirement home. They have to share the distress of these patients.

Ernie

To all those who oppose legalising euthanasia, I ask this question: Have you had a relation or close friend spend an extended period in continuous pain, from a condition for which there is no remedy, before dying?

If you haven’t, you have no idea what you are talking about.

Here is an example from our family. Aunty, who was in this position and knowing there was no possible cure, in sheer desperation set off in her wheelchair towards the river in the middle of the night. Fortunately she was stopped.

You can use words like “put to death”, “killed” or “murdered” by her doctor, but these are just words and they don’t alter the basic facts one iota. And the facts are it is far better to die with dignity, when and where you choose, rather than any other way in desperation.

I don’t know how you can be so cruel to inflict suffering, not only on strangers but potentially your own family.

To gain first-hand knowledge of the subject, talk to the caregivers in a retirement home. They have to share the distress of these patients.

Ernie

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Ann David - 5 months ago
I agree with you, Ernie, and my reason is much as yours - I've seen someone dying in a way that was absolutely hateful to that person. The nursing staff, the family were all equally distressed because it was obvious that prolonging life was morally and emotionally the wrong thing to do, was against the person's wishes and against all reason - there was absolutely no hope of improvement and the suffering was uncontainable. It was done to satisfy "rules". It was inhumane. The patient opted for self-starvation and dehydration; it took nine days.

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