I found this particularly relevant to a situation in my personal life as I have a young family member dealing with terminal cancer for the last two years. Being aware of the Kubler-Ross stage model enabled me to anticipate that at some stage I would move from the anger phase to the final stage of acceptance, and this gave me some comfort. Being able to go through these stages accepting the inevitable with my family member brought a sense of closeness between us allowing me to be present in her journey. As Hottensen (2010) explains this process of anticipatory grief can allow us to express our emotions and deepen our relationships, even experiencing growth towards the end of life grieving process. Bolden (2007) reinforces this point explaining that networks of support surrounding death can also lessen the fear and intensity of the grief,
A Right to Die A patient was diagnosed with a terminal illness: cancer. Doctors considered his condition to be incurable by modern medicines and claimed he had six months to live. For five months, he suffered from the agonizing pain of his cancer, was probed at by many different machines and doctors in the name of research, and watched his family sell away their many possessions to pay for his treatment, and to top it all off, his final days wouldn’t even be spent in his own home. This patient didn’t want to suffer anymore, and requested that the doctor end his life, prematurely. Unfortunately, doctor assisted suicide is not legal in the patient’s state, and he must suffer through his existence for one more month, if he’s lucky.
“An assisted dying law would not result in more people dying, but in fewer people living.” This quote by Richard Branson shows the reasons behind assisted suicide. Assisted suicide is an option in certain places that allows patients that are suffering to end their pain through a physicians assisted death. When people have to make an end of life decision, one must take into account the patients suffering, the patient 's quality of life and how much the family suffers while making the decision. The patients should be allowed to have a physicians assisted suicide because of how much the patient suffers. A patient undergoes physical, emotional and psychological pain during treatments.
Among the most controversial dilemmas broadly under debate is the Euthanasia and Patient Assisted Suicide (PAS) due to spreading of these practices even when laws are approved in limited states of United States and countries. The Euthanasia has always being part of our society since this word is derived from ancient Greek. The ancient Greek defined Euthanasia as the “well” or “good” death. The PAS is when a physician assist patient to commit suicide or facilitate death. It means that doctor and patient know and intentionally consent to give and receive a dose to end life mainly driven by a terminal and painful illness.
Euthanasia, commonly referred to as mercy killing, is the exercise of ending lives of those with terminal conditions or agonizing pain. The practice of euthanasia is permitted in certain places such as the Netherlands, Belgium, and some parts of Canada. Although some view Euthanasia as wrong and unethical, others believe that it is a natural right every person is born with. Therefore, Euthanasia should be legalized for those ailing with little hope because the quality of a patient’s life diminishes, it could be a welcoming relief for families, and a patient has the right to die. As patients go through extensive care, like advanced medical support and artificial nutrients, their quality of life changes.
Euthanasia, also referred to as physician assisted suicide, is an option for those that are in pain and want to end their suffering. It is not easy to argue that an individual should not be able to make their own choice on if they want to end any type of suffering they are enduring. Some might argue that however ill a person may be, they are entitled to every hour granted to them. While this stance in particular is defendable in it’s own right, despite this belief, everyone who is able to make this type of decision is in control of their body and should be granted the option to end any type of unbearable pain. How can one who is not dying make the decision for the individual who is?
Euthanasia is a debatable topic that has recently gained a lot of attention. It is also referred to as physician assisted suicide. Euthanasia was first created and used for terminally ill patients or patients who live with very painful diseases. It is an option that some terminally-ill patients have considered and in my opinion, an option that every terminally-ill patient should have available to them. Euthanasia enables individuals to make a tough decision, but a decision that should be up to an individual to make; whether a terminally ill individual wants to die should be their decision without an outsider’s input.
A popular debate is revolved around whether or not governments ought to authorize committing euthanasia. This essay will present some arguments that support the belief of legalizing euthanasia. In addition, it will bring forward some of the issues that we are currently suffering as a consequence of prohibiting it. It is the act of putting either human or an animal to death by taking active steps in doing so, or simply by allowing them to die by withholding extreme medical measurements. And for the purpose of this essay, only voluntary euthanasia on humans (taking active steps) will be discussed.
As death and dying are prolonged and institutionalized, many individuals started to seek control over their dying (Emanuel and Librach, 2011, p5). Patients with severe illness often experience a cloud of confusion as the structures and routines of their everyday life unravel and dissolve into the indistinct fixtures of hospitals and care institutions (Frank, 1995; Murphy et al, 1988). Thus, this brings in the importance of caring for people who are dying to the health care industry (MacLeod, 2011). This field of speciality is termed: Palliative care. Palliative care is defined as, “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients & their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through prevention & relief of suffering by means of early identification &
Doctors will more than likely prescribe their patients with the means to perform euthanasia. With this in mind, “...doctors cannot initiate conversations about aid in dying...The patient must ask for the medicine themselves.” (Karlamangla 4). B. No one is forcing these deathly sick people to make a decision that they do not want to, they are choosing to end their suffering. Particularly, in cases like John Minor’s, it was the best choice.