A Dignified Death: Is It Too Much To Ask?
We all live our own lives, the length of which can vary dramatically. We all make our own choices, our own decisions. We alone choose the path we take. Whatever choices we make whether they were good, bad or ugly lead us to one destination- death. So why shouldn’t we have the choice on wanting to die with dignity? This is euthanasia; this is how we relieve our pets of pain when we can’t bear to see them struggle to walk anymore. So why is it against the law to allow a human the same fate? After all we can voice our choices or write them down as instructions before anything tragic happens. Why are we not allowed a say in the only thing that’s guaranteed in our lives?
The fight for euthanasia or assisted dying has picked up a rapid pace recently, garnering public support from (retired South-African Anglican Archbishop) Desmond Tutu, who spoke recently before the debate at the House of Lords last Friday. The list of high profile supporters grows larger, with Hugh Grant, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Terry Pratchett & and Jo Brand to name a few, they join the ranks of Lords, Ladies, Dames, Rabbis & Reverend’s in this long overdue battle.
Let me just make it clear that this change in the law wouldn’t mean that anyone can go to their doctors surgery and say “Ok boss I’m ready to die to now, I’ve done what I want time to call it quits” and hey presto you get some drugs that’ll end your life painlessly. This change would mean people of a sound mind with a terminal illness and a set amount of time left to live could have the choice in when they want to die. This is fair to me, I wouldn’t want to suffer & lose control of body, I wouldn’t want my friends & family to watch me deteriorate into a shell of my former self. Would you want that for yourself or a loved one? I know I sure as hell wouldn’t. If the day comes that I contract a life ending illness & I’m told I will die in a year’s time then eventually get to the point where I’m being kept alive via machines, tubes & wires, I would love to be able to die with dignity, without having to travel abroad to do so
You can read the bill in full over on the parliament’s website.
For any information you need about euthanasia or if you’re on the fence about this potential change in the law then I strongly urge you to visit DignityInDying.org.uk for some amazing info, the full list of their patrons and to see what you can do to help!
What are your thoughts on this? Maybe you have a personal story regarding assisted dying? If you do then get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!