posted on Feb, 8 2014 @ 07:02 PM
reply to post by FlyersFan
All of this may very well be so...
It's just my concern, from my perspective, knowing in how people react to actions...
I think about the ramifications. Such as centers that practicing such methods and the personnel coming under attack by extremist groups...
I think about the 18 year old who is so tired of waiting for a match, and convinces family and medical professionals to assist him in ending his life,
and then three days after a funeral, a match is found, and the family learns of it... Or the elderly man, whose debilitating disease makes a
miraculous break through...
I think of those of very devout faith, who truly believe hellfire awaits for those who cut their contract short by their own hand, and the sort... the
sort of stuff that tears family apart. Trust me I know. When my grandmother took my grandfather off of life support, his very devout Catholic sister
made the funeral and all of her grieving period very unbearable. It was a horror to witness, and emotionally, the devastation of not my grandfather's
passing, but of the hateful and derogatory and abusive things said to my grandmother for taking him off life support... well even today decades later,
I'm scarred. I support my grandmother's choice, and would have made the same choice in her position. I just WISH better protocols such as family
meetings with licensed grievance counselors who can prepare the reactions and ramifications of making that choice for somebody else or supporting
somebody who wishes to die, had been in place and available to even poor people.
I just can see, in a broader sense, some of the fallout for supporting this choice no holds, unchecked, and unexamined. That's all I'm saying. I'm
just trying to interject some reasoned points as to why this needs to be approached and handled carefully. We cannot in today's insane world,
society, and ethics go out and say, "Hey, it's okay to kill yourself now. We'll even help you end it if your pain and suffering is unbearable".