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Health & Wellness  (tags: Old Yeller, Euthanasia, terminal condition, pain, suffering, death, animals, humans, die like a dog )

Sheryl
- 8 days ago - aeon.co
Why do we give our dogs a better death than we give ourselves?



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Animae C (515)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 7:14 am
i don't!
i can not kill & i will never agree with euthanasia for humans being made legal.
Anyone who does hasn't considered ALL the implications.
 

Derek R (297)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 7:26 am
Thank you.
 

DerekDeka R (35)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 7:37 am
Thank you.
 

Spy K (224)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 9:38 am
thanks------and so noted------for MYSELF-----not choosing for anyone else------i hope to NOT spend my last days wracking up HUUUGE medical $$$$----esp in a system thats never been very concerned about affordable access to it in my younger and healthier days------WTH-----neither want to spend years not even knowing where i am or who is there---have a living will----these were not even allowed here till AIDS activists pushed for in recent yrs
 

Sue H (7)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 10:19 am
"We should be so lucky". Quality of life doesn't mean anything to big pharma, hospitals and doctors who are making $$ while people suffer. :( In California, I believe that the DNR is for emergency workers only so you need to have a Polst document for the hospital and a living will. Plus a family member who will advocate/fight for your wishes. Palliative care is a step in the right direction but even this can take days to weeks.... a huge hospital bill for the family to deal with. We should have the Right to Death With Dignity.
 

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 3:14 pm
Animae - not even for the person who requests it? Not stating this should be done on everyone, but if a person does not want to suffer to the bitter end, should they be denied the option for themselves?
 

Animae C (515)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 4:27 pm
The current debate everywhere is for 'assisted suicide'.
i have absolutely no problem with suicide Sheryl, everyone's life belongs to them & they are free to do with it as they please but once you give power to others to "ASSIST", for a start Elders will be 'snuffed out' too easily so that greedy relatives can get their paws on inheritances quickly!
Give the power to doctors & you'll have people who can't afford hospital bills being 'snuffed out'!
Pentobarbital should be available to those who want to use it themselves & of course this will take some complex regulating laws.

EVERYONE ADVOCATING FOR ASSISTED SUICIDE, STOP & SERIOUSLY THINK ABOUT THE CAN OF WORMS YOU ARE OPENING!

i have contemplated the idea for the past 13 years Sheryl, sorry if i'm a bit too passionate!
 

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 9:05 pm
I'm only for this is a person does have a condition like brain cancer or any cancer here they are suffering. I feel they should have he right to choose o be let go of their pain. Besides it helping that person, I feel that their family members who have suffered too, will feel better knowing that their love one is released from their pain and agony..Thanks Sheryl
 

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 9:29 pm
I have watched as loved ones suffered to the end, wishing that there was a way to release them from having to endure another day when there was no hope of improvement in sight. I just want an option to those who are dying and want a speedier release.

I understand the fear of what you mention above Animae, and in a way, in the USA, we already have too many being allowed to die because of the lack of medical at all ages. I think if there were safeguards in place where it was truly the patients choice that this should exist. We need to protect people against their being removed from life simply due to "others" wishes.
 

Animae C (515)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 10:05 pm
i too have watched people i care about suffer at their end, but i have never wished to kill them!
Sorry, if that's harsh but it is what it is.

If ever approved it should only be the individuals choice & nobody else's, something to be planned well before the time comes, like a will, with a stable mind & NOT upon ones death bed.

i have learnt the hard way, through experience, how unstable, changeable & evil the human mind can be.
Please don't ever assume anyone else has your good intentions.
 

Melania Padilla (122)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 10:12 am
I wish all countries had legal euthanasia. It is so hard to see people suffering for years, just not fair, everyone is (should be) entitled to do it.
 

Margie F (148)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 1:40 am
My mother said that on her death bed.
 

Evelyn B (62)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 3:40 am
The recent case of Alfie Evans, where court decision to terminate life support went against the parents' wishes, is probably the kind of situation that Animae is thinking about ... Although that opens a whole other area of discussion since Alfie had no say in the matter, too young & permanently brain-damaged, nobody has any idea of whether he was suffering in any way although his parents clearly were & are ...

I would tend to align with Spy - I wouldn't want to simply exist due to efficient (and expensive) medical technology & treatment - even if it were paid out of State health service funding rather than my pocket. I would like to have to right to draw a line and depart when "life" becomes "existence".

I think we should have the right to specify (while still in our 'right mind') that we do not want to be kept alive - just as we can leave instructions for donation of organs ...

And I've often often had thoughts along the line of this article. When my dear companion Embre, a Belgian Shepherd, began to deteriorate rapidly at age 14 (old for her race), we spent much time at the vet. But when the day came when her legs would collapse, when she would lose control of her functions indoors (something she'd not done since early puppyhood), she would look at me with such distress in her eyes. She couldn't run, she couldn't explore her garden, she didn't want to eat - she'd sit, or lie, looking at me sadly. I then knew it was time to let her go. I was with her to the very end, eyes in her eyes as she left me for the stars.

I want that right, too.
 

Animae C (515)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 5:35 am
Melania i wish with all my might that your wish never comes true!
 

Animae C (515)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 5:41 am
i don't know Alfie's case Evelyn, i'm referring to elder exploitation & legal murder, have no doubt if the euthanasia door is opened it will happen!

All i ever hear from those who are for it, is THEIR selfish RIGHTS, with not even a minutes thought on how it will affect others!

Euthanizing an animal, pretty it up as much as you want, is still killing.

i'm done here.
 

Joanna M (139)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 7:45 am
I agree with Colleen, Sheryl and Melania...it is a person's right to decide if or when they are ready to end the pain and suffering, to go with some dignity. As a person living with serious chronic illnesses, living with pain and disability every day of my life, it's my right to choose if things ever get too bad.
 

Winn A (179)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 9:00 am
Agree with Joanna M and Colleen, Sheryl and Melania - Thanks
 

Angela J (61)
Friday May 18, 2018, 10:29 pm
Thanks
 

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday May 20, 2018, 7:34 am
Animae: "i too have watched people i care about suffer at their end, but i have never wished to kill them!
Sorry, if that's harsh but it is what it is."

I never wished to "kill" them either - but when they are begging to go because the pain is too much and the death is coming too slowly I see that as mercy. If they are wishing it to end, if they are asking for their life to be stopped so that they suffer no more; I see that as administering them proper medical care not killing the person.

As I said, I understand your fears - so this must be closely monitored. But it should be an option for each person, and I do not see that as being selfish. It is after all their individual life and if you do not want the option then that is your individual right too.
 
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