The most important decision we all have to make in our lives is once again threatened: to die without the suffering and mental anguish inflicted upon us by politicians and religious zealots. Polly Toynbee’s article is excellent (17 people could die from unimaginable pain today, and on January 19th, I’ll show you how to stop it).
I have spent my entire 50 year career in nursing, the first 20 in the UK. During my career as a critical care/intensive care nurse, I have not been able to live without pain and suffering, requiring ventilators and pharmacological support to survive, even for short periods of time. I often took care of individuals with a lot of stress.
The patient’s fear was palpable. The suffering of their loved ones is immeasurable. I also cared for her two brothers who were suffering long-term, long-term death due to increasing respiratory failure. The horror in their eyes is indelibly burned into my mind and their memory. One of them begged me for a handful of morphine pills. I lovingly cared for him with his family for months but could not give him the peace he needed at the end of his life without fear of legal repercussions.
The story of a British citizen going to Switzerland months early to receive end-of-life support, even though he is still able to travel, is devastating in many ways. , must not be a political or religious decision. It should be a decision that an individual makes together with their doctor and loved ones. no one else. Hopefully, by the time my life’s journey draws to a close, I will have the autonomy to move on in peace, with the support of my family.
San Antonio, Texas, USA
We are taking care of elderly relatives. We are witnessing their horrific and inevitable decline. Still, they “keep going” regardless of their health, personal expenses, and their own wishes. The “sanctity of life” must be preserved in all circumstances, even if life no longer has meaning or joy.
Of course, I hope that I can live a long and healthy old age, but I don’t want that because I see possibilities for the future. I don’t want suffering, immobility, the meaninglessness of it all. I prefer self-chosen endings. Something that has dignity and allows my family to remember me – to mourn and celebrate from a position of respect for my contribution to my life and their own.
I want a “good death” where I can die on my own terms with dignity. We need proper legal, social, and medical frameworks to enable people like me to end their lives when they feel the time is right.
When even the best palliative care fails, Polly Toynbee calls for legalizing assisted death and assisted suicide, citing statistics that an average of 17 people a day die painfully in the UK. claim. My heart goes out to the families who have to see their loved ones go through this.
That said, we have to accept that the alternatives are much worse. In the UK he has half a million elderly residents in care homes and millions more in the community, often supported by struggling families. A change in the law will inevitably lead to far more assisted suicides, not because of chronic terminal pain, but to see their inheritances dried up by the guilt of being a burden and exorbitant medical bills. There is also the obvious danger that older people will come under pressure from greedy family members. These undesirable consequences are inevitable.
A survey found that 84% of British advocates support assisted suicide, but how many are thinking beyond simple questions and thinking about the implications?