Jun 7, 2010 at 20:28:06
“This is a fascinating perspective on a controversial and difficult issue that continues to bedevil and divide lawmakers, doctors and civilians in our society. I especially found the information about feudal laws that considered suicide "destruction of property" fascinating.
But I cannot help feeling that the distinction between "assisted suicide" and "aid in dying" is one of semantics and politics. There is no real reason that "assisted suicide" should be the bogeyman -- only used to describe awful, sick acts like the ones Melchart-Dinkel is accused of -- while "aid in dying" is exclusively used for the humane, hastening of death by a physician at the end of someone's life.
It reminds me of the push to use "climate change" instead of "global warming" because the first is apparently more palatable. In other words, "aid in dying" sounds better, but is, to my mind, essentially interchangeable with assisted suicide. One is just calculated to be more palatable.
"Assisted suicide" still seems to me a perfectly adequate phrase to describe humane and compassionate aid from a doctor at the end of one's life.
-- Zoe FitzGerald Carter, author of Imperfect Endings: A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death (Simon & Schuster)”
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Maggie Watson on Apr 14, 2010 at 20:56:39
“Jane's coffins are incredible, lovely to look at and reasonably priced. She is truly bringing a needed product to the funeral business. Along with home funerals, the future of the industry is changing in very positive ways. People are being more responsible and letting loved ones know their wishes. They are putting their affairs in order. Dying with dignity is a right of everyone. And the more we face the subject of death, the better.”