As sometimes occurs to me when I’m contemplating a subject for posting, I mull the word over and over again in my mind. Then I say it aloud: Euthenasia/Youth in Asia. (Strange juxtaposition, isn’t it?)
This is a very emotive subject matter. The medical profession by oath promises to prolong life until it can no longer be sustained. (I chose the word ‘sustained’, rather than ‘maintained’, because at some point medical intervention does not keep the person well enough to have any quality of life.) A “Do Not Resuscitate” (NDR) order can be given by the patient, but sometimes they are countermanded by the attending physician. Doctors play at being God, in other words.
But what if you are suffering a long and painful (incurable) disease? Asking for voluntary euthenasia is tantamount to wanting to commit suicide with medical assistance. In most countries, this is still against the law, but here in Canada there is legislature that allows for a limited application of the principle of assisted dying. The issue always comes down to informed consent on behalf of the patient.
If you are on the threshold of death, you may not have the wherewithal to comprehend what is happening to you. That’s when nature takes it course, and decides for you, despite what the hospital staff try to do for you. When your time comes, you leave your body. After that, you won’t care what happens to it. You have bigger things to deal with.
Hospice Care/Senior Assisted Living Homes
There has been a recent discovery of 31 deaths at a senior care facility in Quebec. Reports have stated that the seniors were left neglected in soiled sheets and clothing. Obviously, this has upset a great many people, not the least of them, the Quebec Premier Francois Legault. “Negligence,” he called it. At this point, at least five of the deaths were connected to COVID-19. What about the other 26? Something is terribly wrong here.
Families choose assisted living arrangements for their elderly parents because they do not have the time or abilities to do the job themselves. But now with so many seniors dying all alone in care facilities and hospitals without their loved ones close at hand seems cruel and unnatural. Well, doesn’t it?
Is this the way any of us would want to die?
No Funerals or Celebrations of Life
And because of the cancellation of any get-togethers of more that 10 people, funerals are reduced to close family only, if they’re even allowed that. So, we are minimizing or even completely skipping a rite-of-passage for the newly departed. (Admittedly, these observances are for the benefit of the living, but some will see them as missed opportunities to say goodbye to old friends and acquaintances.)
Life, and Death, as we know it will never be the same again.