Right to death. March 22, 2013Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
Tags: death, euthanasia, needless suffering, senior death
The news here in our part of Pennsylvania has been dominated lately by an 80-something man who went to a hospice where his terminally ill wife of 68 years, in unbearable and unrelievable agony, was being kept alive against her will and against all human decency. Her loving husband killed her with a handgun, and then killed himself.
I applaud his act of mercy while reviling modern medicine’s insistence on maintaining human life at all costs, and that the cost in this case was his own life. We would never let a dog suffer if we could instantly and painlessly put them out of their own misery, yet we allow human beings, our own kind, to suffer endless agonies without even offering them the choice to end their suffering. Shame, shame on us! How dare we inflict such agony on our own kind?!
It’s one thing if someone chooses to try to hang on no matter what. That choice should be respected. But for those who would like to be released once pain becomes unbearable, we should offer them the dignity of a swift, painless death. The alternative is torture, and I have seen its effects, seen brilliant, marvelous people reduced to begging that some officious nurse please not try to force them to choke down ice cream when they were dying. I have been scarred terribly by the witnessing of this, and yet my own suffering was nothing compared to the suffering of the one who was dying but was being kept alive, against her will, against her humanity, against her dignity.
I will never lose the sense of helplessness in this case until I die. I will never stop wishing that the nurse who forced my mother, pleading desperately to be left alone, to choke down ice cream, and that the nurse who turned down the morphine pump so my mother would be forced to continue to live in agony, will be treated to the same “mercy” when their own time comes.
God curse them, for anyone who truly believes in God and the hereafter would not attempt to maintain them in their suffering but to hasten them on to Heaven. And those who do not believe should surely profess compassion and give them relief from their suffering. May their misguided, horrifying, Inquisition-like behavior be stopped! Please stop torturing our elders; let them choose for themselves a merciful, painless death as we choose it for our animals. No one should choose it for them, it should be their choice alone, so that no abuses can happen. But they should not be denied, and we should not in our turn be denied, the option of a dignified, painless death.