Tag Archives: physician-assisted suicide

We’ll Walk With You; Let Life End Naturally & With Dignity

Brittany Maynard was a young wife, at age 29, and she had a horrible disease: Glioblastoma Multiforme. She was articulate, and attractive, and we all felt badly that she suffered.  She had headaches, memory loss and seizures, and she moved from California to Oregon, a state where physician-assisted suicide is legal. She took her life, […]

The Death With Dignity Act: Post-Election Follow Up

Amidst all the political hub-bub of the presidential election and Barack Obama’s re-election as President of the United States, most news media ignored the narrow defeat of the Massachusetts ballot initiative termed the “Death with Dignity Act.” At the end of the night, the margin was slim. With 99.9 percent of the vote in, the […]

Countering Sentiment for Physician-Assisted Suicide (Part 2)

Can spiritual care addressing hopelessness and despair be one of the answers to countering sentiment for physician-assisted suicide? If we have a terminal illness and feel hopelessness and despair, how far a stretch is that to a desire to take one’s own life? Not far I think. Can it be that in our desire to […]

Countering Sentiment for Physician-Assisted Suicide (Part 1)

I may rage against what appears to be an increasing trend towards the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, but rage, I don’t believe is the answer. Dr. Carol Taylor RN, PhD, is leading the charge in bioethics to encourage us in providing spiritual care to terminally ill patients. She writes about how that can return hope and meaning, […]

Do We Need Thanaticians for the Terminally Ill? (Part 2)

In contemplating his 89-year-old mother’s suffering and dying, and her question, “Honey, how do I get out of this mess?,” Dr. Pies wondered, “Should we allow physician-assisted suicide? And, if not physician-assisted suicide, then perhaps some lay person, a ‘Thanatician’ who would be trained, certified, and monitored?” I personally fear the slippery slope. Who would this “Thanatician” […]