Posts tagged 'Euthanasia':
Would you like traditional or modern care? – You may not have a choice.
When a patient says ‘I want to die’ is that what he means? Purveyors of contractual medicine simply listen to the patient’s words; they take such laments as a request for services. But are they? Aren’t patients saying, ‘Tell me I am loved, I am needed, and that my life has been worthwhile. Tell me that I am not a burden.’
I have a strong suspicion that the reason people have gravitated to the label ‘Death with Dignity’ (leaving it at that) is that it is very hard to say what kinds of undignified death are really to be avoided. It seems like a movement to avoid not so much undignified death as the kinds of death that people do not want: a movement to let people take control of the conditions of their death. But ‘taking control of how people die’ doesn’t have the same ring as ‘dying with dignity’ – doesn’t quite cry out in the language of rights.