A touching testimony on assisted suicide

From a man who considered ODing his dying mother on morphine.

He said that, thanks to the hospital’s refusal, his mother was able to wake up in her dying moments, and they were able to have a final goodbye, which would not have happened had she been in a morphine coma.

As I read stories about Marfans who do not immediately die from aortic dissections but linger on life support, in comas, until their lungs fill with blood, I wonder about that aspect of things. Not direct euthanasia, and not necessarily even rejection of extraordinary means.

But if we’re truly to talk about “death with dignity,” we need to be talking about the best ways to help dying patients regain consciousness long enough to say their proper good-byes as well as to receive their Last Rites.


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