View Poll Results: Should a person have the right to choose death?

Voters
65. You may not vote on this poll
  • Yes

    60 92.31%
  • No

    5 7.69%
Page 15 of 18 FirstFirst ... 51314151617 ... LastLast
Results 141 to 150 of 178

Thread: Euthanasia and assisted suicide

  1. #141
    Guru

    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Last Seen
    06-28-17 @ 10:30 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    4,909

    Re: Euthanasia and assisted suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Exactly. When my dad was dying last summer, I had some time to think seriously and personally about the issue of euthanasia. I asked myself if I would, or could, give him something to kill him quickly, rather than letting nature take its course. Part of the answer was based on my knowing the man and how he felt about suicide, which he had some serious objections to, as it was against his personal code of ethics for living. Part of the answer was in the question of whether or not dying is to be looked at as wholly unnatural or somehow an oddity, which it is not. So many of us spend much of our lives trying to avoid confronting the issue of death and dying, as if it's somehow a taboo subject that we do not want to face with sobriety. Dying is every bit as natural as birth and living, and my father realized that. It seems to be generally believed that there is no psychological or personal value in the process, but I tend to believe that the process aids us in resolving some psychological issues that we may have been carrying around for a lifetime, and it is not my wish to artificially end that process for anyone, especially someone I love.
    I wanted to be there for him, and let him know that I loved him more than words can say. I wanted to comfort him in his time of need, and let him reconcile all that his life had been and die with some peace of mind. These are the things that make a life worth living, and a peaceful resolution when the end of it arrives.
    The permanence and gravity of these decisions bring about entire lifetimes of memories, quality if life issues and we, as children, are put into a position of deciding what is in the best interests of our parents. The greats act of love could be to ease their pain and if I had to decide, no matter what the law in my state dictates, I would end my mother's life if circumstances where ripe for this act.

  2. #142
    Sage
    lizzie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    between two worlds
    Last Seen
    @
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    28,581

    Re: Euthanasia and assisted suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by Connery View Post
    The permanence and gravity of these decisions bring about entire lifetimes of memories, quality if life issues and we, as children, are put into a position of deciding what is in the best interests of our parents. The greats act of love could be to ease their pain and if I had to decide, no matter what the law in my state dictates, I would end my mother's life if circumstances where ripe for this act.
    Knowing my dad's beliefs about life and death, I could not, in good conscience, end his life before it's natural point of conclusion. He did not believe (as I don't believe) that there should be no suffering. My dad was a purist in most facets of his life, as am I. He was a strong man who did not back away from a challenge, no matter how difficult it was. This is why I felt strongly that euthanasia would have been strictly against his wishes.
    "God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
    -C G Jung

  3. #143
    Sayonara!
    Maenad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    By the water.
    Last Seen
    07-09-14 @ 10:18 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    3,259

    Re: Euthanasia and assisted suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    we should at least have the right to not suffer that a pet has.

    the only sticking point i see is that we probably shouldn't extend that right to suicidally depressed young people. doctor assisted suicide is for the terminally ill. i'm not saying i wouldn't support it for some adults who have suffered through many years of ineffective treatments for some mental illnesses. i'm simply pointing out that we would have to plan for (technically adult) college kids who lose the love of their life and can't see past it. i've been there, and the motivation to end it all is very strong. on the other side, you realize what a terrible mistake it would have been.
    Most states now have 'patient self determination acts' which allow the patient to refuse medical care. That may not apply in instances of psychiatric evaluation and treatment, but when it comes to medical treatment, with some very narrow exceptions, the patient can refuse treatment.

    Anyway the OP is about a Brit.
    Redneck, hillbilly, fundie, Bible thumper, cracker, split tails, geezer, loon, xenophobe, islamaphobe, and homophobe are not words of tolerance.

  4. #144
    Guru

    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Last Seen
    06-28-17 @ 10:30 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    4,909

    Re: Euthanasia and assisted suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Knowing my dad's beliefs about life and death, I could not, in good conscience, end his life before it's natural point of conclusion. He did not believe (as I don't believe) that there should be no suffering. My dad was a purist in most facets of his life, as am I. He was a strong man who did not back away from a challenge, no matter how difficult it was. This is why I felt strongly that euthanasia would have been strictly against his wishes.
    That is the way it should be, respecting the wishes of those we love. I have not broached the issue with my mother. However, since I am her executor, I get messages regarding her demise .....a lot more often than I want...

  5. #145
    Sayonara!
    Maenad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    By the water.
    Last Seen
    07-09-14 @ 10:18 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    3,259

    Re: Euthanasia and assisted suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by Connery View Post
    The permanence and gravity of these decisions bring about entire lifetimes of memories, quality if life issues and we, as children, are put into a position of deciding what is in the best interests of our parents. The greats act of love could be to ease their pain and if I had to decide, no matter what the law in my state dictates, I would end my mother's life if circumstances where ripe for this act.
    This is why everyone should have an advance directive for health care. So their children will not be in this position. Most states have their own form in their patient self determination statute.
    Last edited by Maenad; 08-20-12 at 07:36 PM.
    Redneck, hillbilly, fundie, Bible thumper, cracker, split tails, geezer, loon, xenophobe, islamaphobe, and homophobe are not words of tolerance.

  6. #146
    Guru

    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Last Seen
    06-28-17 @ 10:30 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    4,909

    Re: Euthanasia and assisted suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by Maenad View Post
    This is why everyone should have an advance directive for health care. So their children will not be in his position. Most states have their own form in their patient self determination statute.
    An advanced directive was a condition for me agreeing to be her executor. I have siblings, but, I am the "go to" guy ......unfortunately........

  7. #147
    Sage
    lizzie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    between two worlds
    Last Seen
    @
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    28,581

    Re: Euthanasia and assisted suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by Connery View Post
    An advanced directive was a condition for me agreeing to be her executor. I have siblings, but, I am the "go to" guy ......unfortunately........
    I got the job by default, as I am the oldest of 4 girls, and the one who can keep my cool under great pressure, and not waiver in carrying out whatever needs to be done. Fortunately, my family is not highly dysfunctional, and we all have a wonderful relationship with each other.
    "God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
    -C G Jung

  8. #148
    Guru

    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Last Seen
    06-28-17 @ 10:30 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    4,909

    Re: Euthanasia and assisted suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I got the job by default, as I am the oldest of 4 girls, and the one who can keep my cool under great pressure, and not waiver in carrying out whatever needs to be done. Fortunately, my family is not highly dysfunctional, and we all have a wonderful relationship with each other.
    I am the hapless fool who thought getting an education and being responsible were good ideas..........

  9. #149
    Sage

    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    The Republic of Texas.
    Last Seen
    11-15-17 @ 11:40 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    5,647

    Re: Euthanasia and assisted suicide

    It's your life, do with it what you can or want, even if it is dying. Just don't depend on me to keep you alive though.

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I think it is a human tragedy that people with terminal illnesses cannot "choose death." Maybe someday, I hope.

    A serial killer who kills 25 people can get out of this life easier than I can. Where is the justice in that??
    Life is a terminal illness, nobody has become immortal yet, or did I miss the memo?

  10. #150
    Sage


    MaggieD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Chicago Area
    Last Seen
    @
    Gender
    Lean
    Moderate
    Posts
    43,243
    Blog Entries
    43

    Re: Euthanasia and assisted suicide

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    It's your life, do with it what you can or want, even if it is dying. Just don't depend on me to keep you alive though.

    Life is a terminal illness, nobody has become immortal yet, or did I miss the memo?
    No, but you missed the memo that I can't just do what I want with it. That's sorta' what the thread's about.
    The devil whispered in my ear, "You cannot withstand the storm." I whispered back, "I am ​the storm."

Page 15 of 18 FirstFirst ... 51314151617 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •