Do You Believe In "Assisted Suicide" ForTerminal Illnesses?

Created by _-_Nope_-_ on Jun 3, 2011

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“It is what it is, folks!!”

Since: Feb 10

The land of harmony and peace

#1 Jun 3, 2011
83-year-old Jack Kevorkian died Friday at a Michigan hospital. The story states that he didn't request an assisted suicide for himself.

If you had a loved one who was terminally ill and there was no hope for survival, do you think you could contemplate an assisted suicide? If they were in so much pain, and nothing could ease that pain, could you or would you agree to it?
Lesson Learned

Somerset, KY

#2 Jun 3, 2011
I wouldn't have to be put in that situation because I don't know. I saw my dad go through more any pain than I thought a person could go through and still be aware of what was going on. I watched his sides burst open from the inside and when I touched him my hands would be orange. I would go to the nurses station and beg for them to turn his morphine drip up, but they couldn't because it would stop his heart. I never saw anyone die such a painful death and I loved my father so dearly that I think I would have done anything to stop his screams and then again I don't think I could have lived with myself if I did.
Passer by

Brownsville, TN

#3 Jun 3, 2011
It is a hard subject to even talk about. I have worked in healthcare for awhile and have seen many people pass on. I once had a patient ask me to give her more morphine not just to ease the pain but to stop her breathing. I could see the pain in her eyes but I explained to her that it was not my place to do that that I just could not bring myself to be responsible for her death (emotionally or legally). I know if I was in her position I would pray that someone would end my pain but I would not want anyone to have to live with the thought that they ended my life.

“It is what it is, folks!!”

Since: Feb 10

The land of harmony and peace

#4 Jun 4, 2011
Interesting replies! I've worked in the health field as well, and some of the suffering I've seen has really opened my eyes.. I think people need to be able to choose their own fate when they are so much pain that they can't bear it anymore and there is no hope for either a recovery or adequate relief from that pain..
Oh the Irony

Bulan, KY

#5 Jun 4, 2011
I agree with assisted suicide 100%.

If the person is going to die anyway, what does it matter whether it is sooner or later.

With assisted suicide, the family member has the chance to set everything right with their family and personal affairs before passing on without having to worry about being a burden later on to their family.

Assisted suicide should not be given freely. I believe that steps should be in place to ensure that the person is in their right mind with a psychiatric evaluation, classes to highlight what assisted suicide means so they are trully informed about what assisted suicide means and any ramifications, and a buffer period where they have the opportunity to change their minds.
Lesson Learned

London, KY

#6 Jun 4, 2011
If it were me, I would want someone to help me. Don't let me suffer, or at least put some pills close enough where I can reach them. Then walk away.

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#8 Jun 4, 2011
A person lives on their own terms they deserve to be able to die on them as well. But where's the profit in that. A DNR is a loss of income. So to punch out even earlier would just be... business suicide! Sorry, couldn't help myself (<_<)

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#9 Jun 4, 2011
Where my question mark go?? Oh wait, there's an extra one in this post. So just move it up please.
Lesson Learned

London, KY

#10 Jun 4, 2011
What kind of life do they have if they are screaming in constant pain? If they don't know their loved ones anyones anymore. If they are suffering so badly that they plead to die?

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#11 Jun 5, 2011
Lesson Learned wrote:
What kind of life do they have if they are screaming in constant pain? If they don't know their loved ones anyones anymore. If they are suffering so badly that they plead to die?
Anyone terminal or even with a looming loss of ones "normal" state of mind deserve to be able to go out and still know who they have been.

Dignity...Table for one?
Lesson Learned

London, KY

#12 Jun 6, 2011
Watcher1219 wrote:
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Anyone terminal or even with a looming loss of ones "normal" state of mind deserve to be able to go out and still know who they have been.
Dignity...Table for one?


That's the thing that I remember most. They took my fathers's dignity, his identity. They took away all the things that he stood for all his life, although he was in so much pain, he always know what was going on. He was always very modest and he never let me see him without his shirt on.

In the hospital, they stripped him naked and I remember him looking at me and the shame in his eyes. That was the worst thing they could have done in his eyes.

Since: Apr 11

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#13 Jun 6, 2011
Lesson Learned wrote:
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That's the thing that I remember most. They took my fathers's dignity, his identity. They took away all the things that he stood for all his life, although he was in so much pain, he always know what was going on. He was always very modest and he never let me see him without his shirt on.
In the hospital, they stripped him naked and I remember him looking at me and the shame in his eyes. That was the worst thing they could have done in his eyes.
It honestly breaks my heart to hear things like that. Any man or woman deserves to keep their dignity. You take that they have nothing.... And they know it. Seeing a proud man break is the most horrifying thing in the world to me.

Believe me when I say I would not see it as a bad thing to let any person take themselves out in that situation. No one should have to endure anything like that. and if there was not so much profit in the stripping of humanity and dignity of humans it would not happen near as much.

I've argued it for years with people that say they care about me. But I'll punch my own ticket long before anything like that happens to me.

“The Topix Legend of "GS8"!”

Since: Sep 10

Yunited States, North America

#14 Jun 7, 2011
100 percent agree with Assisted Suicide
i know

Saint Augustine, IL

#15 Jun 7, 2011
i agree with it whole heartley.{spell check}
Sad

Brownsville, TN

#16 Jun 7, 2011
It is not our place to take someones life,no matter how much pain they are in...I watched my mother suffer,and prayed that God would either heal(it is possible)her,or take her home to be with him...How could anyone do something like that to anyone?I know how hard it is to see a loved one suffer,but we are to not kill or help anyone to kill themselves...I have seen many that I truly thought were dying get better...We are not God .and should never try and play him...

Since: Apr 11

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#17 Jun 7, 2011
Sad wrote:
It is not our place to take someones life,no matter how much pain they are in...I watched my mother suffer,and prayed that God would either heal(it is possible)her,or take her home to be with him...How could anyone do something like that to anyone?I know how hard it is to see a loved one suffer,but we are to not kill or help anyone to kill themselves...I have seen many that I truly thought were dying get better...We are not God .and should never try and play him...
But it's OK to play Dr and keep them alive but wishing for death.
hmmmmmm

“The Topix Legend of "GS8"!”

Since: Sep 10

Yunited States, North America

#18 Jun 7, 2011
Watcher1219 wrote:
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But it's OK to play Dr and keep them alive but wishing for death.
hmmmmmm
Brilliant just Brilliant and allow the tax payers to continue paying for the care the patient no longer wants. Most in the field just start a morphine drip which shuts down the entire body.

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#19 Jun 7, 2011
GodSmacked wrote:
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Brilliant just Brilliant and allow the tax payers to continue paying for the care the patient no longer wants. Most in the field just start a morphine drip which shuts down the entire body.
It's our fear of what's next and out desire to not have to deal with the loss of a loved one that is used against us so the medical community can charge more than any normal person could afford to keep someone alive. The patient many times pays for it with their dignity. It's sad but even a living will can be overturned by family members many times depending on the Dr. they are dealing with.

I've watched proud men and women at the very moment they snapped due to these tactics. They become someone or something different. And the profits are huge. It's one reason I place some Drs in the same place as some lawyers in believing they get to view a a special place in hell. If nothing else karma can be one mean bitch. That's one God Smack I want nothing to do with. We deserve the right to go out with our dignity. If we don't then we never deserve to have it to begin with. And mine is worth much more than any profit a hospital can make. You're right though. Think about all those medicare bills going in because they want to keep someone on a vent even when their limbs are rotting off of them. I have seen this happen. I hope never to again. It's just not right.

Since: Mar 10

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#20 Jun 7, 2011
Watcher1219 wrote:
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But it's OK to play Dr and keep them alive but wishing for death.
hmmmmmm
This really is a profound topic.

I have watched when, ultimately, death has seemed as more of a comfort than life it's self.

I do wonder what will I think and reach for when and if I am ever faced with a
terminal
illness and all it will entail..

I do think J. Kevorkian offered an exit- a relief- peace of mind- to some souls who could just not face the terror.
Right or wrong- just isn't my call..

Have you ever read the book - "Tuesdays with Morrie" written by: Mitch Albom?

“The Topix Legend of "GS8"!”

Since: Sep 10

Yunited States, North America

#21 Jun 7, 2011
Watcher1219 wrote:
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It's our fear of what's next and out desire to not have to deal with the loss of a loved one that is used against us so the medical community can charge more than any normal person could afford to keep someone alive. The patient many times pays for it with their dignity. It's sad but even a living will can be overturned by family members many times depending on the Dr. they are dealing with.
I've watched proud men and women at the very moment they snapped due to these tactics. They become someone or something different. And the profits are huge. It's one reason I place some Drs in the same place as some lawyers in believing they get to view a a special place in hell. If nothing else karma can be one mean bitch. That's one God Smack I want nothing to do with. We deserve the right to go out with our dignity. If we don't then we never deserve to have it to begin with. And mine is worth much more than any profit a hospital can make. You're right though. Think about all those medicare bills going in because they want to keep someone on a vent even when their limbs are rotting off of them. I have seen this happen. I hope never to again. It's just not right.
100 percent agree. It is all about money and that is why so many fight the idea of assisted suicide. They bring god into it to scare the others. Brilliant post.

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