We could say that most people would rather live than die, and we believe that animals feel the same way, but far too many humans deprive non-human animals of that choice, and most of the rest of society is indifferent to the pain, suffering, and death inflicted upon billions of animals every year. Every living being deserves to have the God given right to choose life versus death, for besides being moral, it is also in the heavenly will of God. Most of the hard of heart people in this world live in the corrupt and fallen ways of the earth instead of following the teachings of Jesus and the heavenly will of God.
This brought about the question, is it better to go quickly, not knowing the end is near, or is it better to have extra time on this earth, but know that you and your family may have to endure an end full of potential suffering? Contributors control their own work and posted freely to our site.
If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email. I am a strong proponent of allowing people to die with dignity when their time comes, or when they so choose.
This seems in stark contrast to my life's profession as a resuscitation science researcher and clinician. My area of interest and professional background focuses on cardiac arrest when your heart stops beating and you are clinically deadand bringing people back from death; think Lazarus but on a less biblical scale.
But having been a critical care nurse for many years, I am also a fierce proponent of allowing people to " die with dignity " and on their own terms.
The suffering that can occur for patients and families during those last days, weeks, and months of an illness, to me, can be paramount to cruel and unusual punishment. Yet we, the Life versus death public, seem to have a visceral aversion to even the mere thought of death, and will do whatever we can to prevent the inevitable.
But as the wise Benjamin Franklin said "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. I have some personal experience with the visceral aversion to death. My family on my mother's side are Italian, and not just American-Italian, but "fresh off the boat," straight out of the movies Italian.
At funerals, whenever anyone died, it was a like a scene from The Sopranosbut without the police showing up to arrest someone. As a child, watching these scenes unfold, well lets just say I was scarred for life. I vowed to never be the Italian throwing themselves onto the coffin.
This is not to take away anything from those who feel this is an acceptable way to grieve the loss of a loved one, but it is definitely not for me.
My mother and aunt on the other hand can't even talk about death. The moment you bring it up, it doesn't matter whose impending doom you are speaking of, they spontaneously break into tears and chants of "God forbid," as if that will stop death in its tracks.
So, the fact that my professional life centers mainly around death is ironic -- and also makes for an awkward site if I am out with my mother or aunt and talking about work.
Somewhat recently a cardiac arrest survivor I helped to resuscitate was diagnosed with a terminal disease. Death is a finite thing, and as such people will do almost anything to keep their loved-ones from it, no matter the cost. I have watched many a family do "whatever it takes" to keep their husband, wife, daughter, son etc.
That is the part so many of my clinician colleagues struggle with the most in these situations -- being the patient's advocate versus adhering to the wishes of the family.
On the flip side however -- and there is always a flip side -- is the idea of assisted death, allowing people with terminal illness to make their own decisions about when they will die, before they no longer are able to do so.
The idea of self-harm for the purpose of ending suffering seems like something a competent person would consider. Therefore, the argument that someone is incompetent if they choose to end their own life due to suffering, seems misguided. Those opposed would have us believe that "assisted suicide" is wrong, but I believe the term is wrong.
People who are suffering from terminal illness do not want to die, but they are dying. As the year-old, terminally-ill, brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard stated, "I do not want to die, but I am dying.
And I want to die on my own terms. The Death with Dignity Act or similar legislation has been passed in only six states: For those who think this type of legislation will open the flood gates and everyone will be offing themselves, a study published recently examining the Death with Dignity programs in Washington and Oregon found that 40 out of people who inquired, actually used prescribed drugs to hasten their death and die with dignity.
Additionally, when looking at the number of people who chose death with dignity since those two states began their programs, just over people chose death with dignity out of who obtained a prescription. Choosing to end ones life due to terminal illness can't be an easy decision to make, and it is only made harder by imposing legal ramifications on healthcare providers or uprooting terminally ill patients to one of a handful of states that allow itwhere they most likely will not have the people around them that they need the most during their last days.
Before I continue, I implore everyone reading this to not only discuss your end of life wishes with your family, before there are any medical illnesses or injuries that would prevent these conversations, but to also clearly write down your wishes and have an advanced directive.The study was not able to include the likely higher yearly incarceration costs for death row inmates versus those not on death row.
(J. Sullivan, "Seeking death penalty adds $1M to prosecution cost, study says," Seattle Times, January 7 if the Governor commuted the sentences of those remaining on death row to life without parole, it would. Bible verses about Life After Death. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in .
The study was not able to include the likely higher yearly incarceration costs for death row inmates versus those not on death row.
Sullivan, "Seeking death penalty adds $1M to prosecution cost, study says," Seattle Times, January 7 if the Governor commuted the sentences of those remaining on death row to life without parole, it would. There is no more universal truth in life than death. No matter who you are, it is certain that one day you will die, but the mechanics and understanding of that experience will differ greatly in today's modern age.
Dr. Haider Warraich is a young and brilliant new voice in the conversation about death and dying started by Dr. Sherwin Nuland and Atul Gawande. Life versus death sums up Jesus’ teaching and the heavenly will of God.
We could say that most people would rather live than die, and we believe that animals feel the same way, but far too many humans deprive non-human animals of that choice, and most of the rest of society is indifferent to the. The terms "pro-life" and "pro-choice" generally boil down to whether an individual thinks abortion should be banned or if it's acceptable.
But there's more to the debate than that.