posted on Dec, 19 2012 @ 11:28 AM
If I were sick and miserable with no hope of recovery, I feel sure I would be in "ready to die" mode. Feeling the pain floating away and then
transitioning to whatever it is that awaits us is how I hope it is for me, except for all the pain and suffering that would precede that, of course.
I too believe it is a personal decision that we should be free to make beforehand, as in a Healthcare Directive.
I'm in the U.S. where we have hospice care for those who have 6 months or less to live. When my father and then my mother a year later were dying,
they chose hospice care. Dad chose to be at home, and my mother was hospitalized. In both cases, they were given "the" major pain killer and they
were comfortable. Initially, they became quite animated. Both lived very difficult lives and were very serious people, so to see them light-hearted
for even that one day was a blessing for me. It also made obvious the fact that they had been suffering.
It took about a week in both cases for their bodies to let go of life, but they were not in any pain. They slept a lot the second half of the week
and then just didn't wake up. It sure as hell beat the alternative of having the inevitable occur but take months. My father would have preferred
immediate euthansia, but that's not an option here.
My heart goes out to you, OP, for all the death and pain and suffering you have had to witness.