Dignity in dying

Sudden deaths, for example from accidents or heart attacks, give you no choice about how you die. There’s no way of changing that.

If your death is from illness takes time, in many cases there are choices. For example whether you send your last weeks or months at home, in a hospice or in some other care facility.

But one choice is not available to us, legally. That is, to choose to die a bit sooner than natural causes dictate, to ease pain and suffering.

The debate about assisted death or voluntary euthanasia has been revived in New Zealand as Parliamentary committee considers a record number of submissions.

Here’s a thought from a UK campaign, Dignity in Dying.

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7 Comments

  1. Zedd

     /  23rd August 2016

    I think the word ‘euthanasia’ has some negative stigma attached.. getting worse the longer it goes unresolved in NZ

    Again I find myself agreeing (shock) with ACT leader, David Seymour; ‘Assisted Dying’ legislation should be promoted ASAP 🙂

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  23rd August 2016

      Amen to that Zedd. I’ve never been convinced of the benefits on lingering unnecessarily through terminal illness, and would support any bill introduced that promoted dignity in dying and assisted death.

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  2. Jeeves

     /  23rd August 2016

    $26 million referendum on a flag,
    Legislation on recreational Snapper catch,
    Grand plans on a rodent free NZ

    but no balls on an important subject like the right to die on your own terms.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  23rd August 2016

      At least the first part distinguishes the Govt from Labour who simply plan to throw more billions at the housing bureaucracy they created.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  23rd August 2016

        This is something that needs an immense amount of thought and safeguards to avoid abuse.

        I think that the Oregon scheme is about as good a one as one could want.

        A friend said that she would never want old people to be afraid to go into hospital. I agree. It would be far too easy for this to be a slippery slope (cliche alert)

        Several of us here have been in the horrible position of seeing a husband or wife dying before their time.

        There is, of course, what could be called passive euthanasia-withholding antibiotics when someone has pneumonia. I see little point in reviving people in some circumstances, but don’t know how often this is done in reality. My husband might have been able to be revived-but would anyone have done this and simply prolonged the inevitable for such a short time ? It would have been totally irresponsible.

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  3. Marian Kidd

     /  25th August 2016

    Why is it that people in power, in good health, do not have the courage to have a face to face discussion with those of us who are terminally ill about legalising the right to a dignified pain free death. You would be prosecuted for allowing an animal to suffer but not us. Come on people, ask us what we want and not what you’re scared you might lose votes over.

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