Therefore, it is the sense of honor that makes humans stand up for whatever the meaning of freedom represents to them. The feeling of freedom that a person may have when dying could result in some delusional moments as their life is fading away, or is death perhaps the reality that dignifies human life. There are cross-culturally different beliefs regarding death that are appropriate ways of dying with various meanings for that society. For some cultures agonizing while dying symbolizes a death with dignity. For other cultures the right to die peacefully and be aware of the final moments of life is dignifying (Leming & Dickinson, 2011).
To be able to have control over the fear of death by having the ability to end life on your own terms is the greatest relief in many individual’s eyes. Terminally ... ... middle of paper ... ... moral issues of physician assisted suicide are controversial as it is compared to abortion and death row topics. Many argue is morally acceptable for a dying person who is choosing to escape the unbearable suffering through physician assisted suicide as it is seen as humane. Additionally, it is a physician’s job to lessen patients suffering, which justifies providing aid in the end of life wants for an individual. The arguments rely a great deal on the respect for individual self want, which recognizes the constitutional rights of competent people to choose the timing and manner of their death, when faced with terminal illness.
Perhaps if death were published in newspapers or magazines people would become less afraid of it because they know what death entails. Nora Ephron states “Death happens to be one of life’s main events. And it is irresponsible- and more than that, inaccurate- for newspapers to fail to show it” (Ephron 113). This quote is evidence that there are others that feel the same way as I do about this topic. Death is a part of life, and it should be av...
Not only does this let the family properly grieve the death, rather than immediately accepting the reality, but it allows the family to maintain ... ... middle of paper ... ...we ascribe to death. Ask any poet or philosopher, they will tell you that life and death are not clear cut or easily delineated, which is why this struggle will remain in healthcare until we broaden and revise the modern medical definition of death. If we augment our views on death to encompass life, we could be able to experience death as a part of life. If we were to put aside the fear of death and socially acknowledge that we will all die soon, imagine the decisions that society would make. Remembering that we are going to die will remind us that we have nothing to lose because nearly everything falls away in the face of death.
The thought of a slow and painful death can cause one to think about the alternatives to this type of ending when the time comes or if a tragedy happens to cause the body to quit functioning. The fact is death is coming no matter what the person does and there should be some choice in how long a person has to suffer before the event occurs. The modern medical field has made numerous advances in the care of individuals who are terminally ill and are going to die no matter what is done for the person this is true, but there is another alternative. Euthanasia is the alternative that could be administered to a dying person so that their pain is not slow and their death is not extended. The persons death is inevitable and extending it is something that does not have to happen with the use of lethal drugs.
We all die in an innumerable amount of ways and our autonomous decision to choose Active Euthanasia or PAS should be respected as should our choice to refuse euthanasia. The act of killing a patient, who has chosen to have a quick death, in my opinion, does not have the same ethical implications as letting a patient die when that patient can no longer bear living. I conclude that it is usually better to kill a patient if their life has become unbearable and they foresee no recovery of an acceptable quality of life, rather than to prolong the life which is unwanted.
Death is something that many are afraid of facing. For others, it is their only way to be remembered with dignity. This topic is relevant since more and more people are beginning to question the line between the value of someone's life and their emotions about the situation. Medically assisted dying should be considered a right because everyone deserves their dignity, a choice, and their right to stay pain-free. Just as how people are given names, they develop their own identities, which can be forgotten when a medical condition is taking over them.
The subject of end of life care is one of great controversy and brings positive and negative emotions in the parties involved. Although, each case of death is different and unique. Those who are terminally ill often times decide that they want to end their life on their own time, and their own terms. In some cases this is considered to socially acceptable, while in other cases, people look at it as murder or suicide. One of the ten commandments (Exodus 20) is thou shall not kill, but does this include individuals that wish to exercise their right to die?
We are all aware of death, and we know it will come to us all. To many of us death brings a chill down our spine ridden with fear, but to others it is ridden with strength and satisfaction of accomplishment. Fortunately or unfortunately we are all condemned to death. However no one knows when exactly the inevitable will approach, but we all know it is inescapable. But what makes death seem more realistic to us and those in denial of it is the lucid pictures of people suffering, in pain and those on their death bed before many of us can be rationale and accept the truth.
Also I disagree with the legal system when criminal charges are enforced upon a person who is assisting another person to die peacefully. I think that people's judgement of euthanasia is negative, as death is regarded as a bad thing. However voluntary euthanasia is positive as it gives the patient personal choice and may shorten the grief of the patient's loved ones if they know that the patient died a peaceful death. Although some people believe that euthanasia devalues life, I do not agree because I feel that it gives the patient an opportunity to end his or her life by celebrating their life in the company of loved ones. To conclude, I think that society's view on euthanasia needs to be more open, and hopefully people will realise that it is a positive thing, and not just a means of a quick death.