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Writer's Block: Til death to us part

If a loved one got diagnosed with a painful, terminal illness and asked you to help them terminate their life before they deteriorated, would you do it? If so, would you want to be present during their last moments?


Yes, I would -- and I would hope that there is at least one person in the world who would do the same for me.

I strongly believe that quality of life is more important than length of life, and it is the right of the person who lives that life to make the decision regarding when continuing to live is no longer desireable.

I believe there should be processes in place to safeguard the vulnerable but also to honor and make easier the way for those who are making the right choice for themselves. No one should have to endure death by gunshot or poison or starvation because the law would punish someone who helped them to a gentler and more dignified ending. No one should have to endure the trauma of inflicting an ugly death on a loved one in order to spare them further suffering.

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wyldlingspirit
Nov. 14th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
My father hadn't wanted to be on life support. He made his wishes VERY clear to my mother and the doctors. But he got bullied into it. They nagged and guilt-tripped him until he agreed. He was put on life support and was "alive" for weeks longer than he'd have otherwise been -- if you count being in agony and staring blankly into space unable to recognize your loved ones as living.

I was pissed! I didn't find out about father's wishes until after the funeral. Allen had to scruff me to keep me from raising holy hell.
oakmouse
Nov. 14th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
Thank you for this.
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