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Doctor assisted dying
Assisted Suicide Law
As someone who works closely with the elderly/terminally ill and dying I can say it is not always easy. It can often be depressing and full of grief. Many mornings have brought upon me a great sadness as I assist people out of bed and get them dressed. "I want to die" is something I hear almost every day. For those who are truly in pain and suffering I welcome the idea of assisted suicide as long as there are serious regulations.
The court has prolonged their deadline for a law until February 6th 2016. Death is often something people turn away from, it is only there when necessary, perhaps giving people a sense of security over their own inevitable futures. The law should clearly define assisted suicide as it applies to individuals suffering with dementia, as many of them are often scared, angry, volatile and happy all in one day. A dementia patient may say "I want to die" in the morning and by lunch they are saying "what a wonderful day".
Advice on dying and death by the Dalai Lama was one of the first books I read in my quest to understand death and has helped me a great deal. Death is unavoidable and doctor assisted dying has come with much debate, but it is a sign of the change in society and perhaps the empathy we feel for those who suffer.
The right to free choice should still apply to those who are unable to carry out the task. The catholic religion states that suicide is a sin. Unsuspecting families and friends can be traumatized after the suicide of a loved one. The cases discussed for doctor assisted dying would not be unsuspected and families and friends would know in advance, if they don't already know of the patients wishes already. This both removes the guilt that comes with "I could have done something" and allows time for closure. It may be wise for the government to assist families in the weeks after a death, providing counselling and grief management.
Is assisted suicide a family matter or solely personal? Is it personal choice or the court's choice? What do you think?
Though the topic is often complicated and controversial, though everyone has the right to die in peace.