Question of the Week #318

Trigger warning… again…

Should it be against the law to help a terminally ill person die? If so, why? If a person weren’t dying but in profound emotional pain, should he or she be allowed to commit suicide?

This is something of a follow up to last week’s question.

Based on the answer I gave last Saturday, I’d have to say no. And I fall back on my thought that it’s cruel to sit and do nothing as a terminally ill individual suffers in pain during their final days.

I’m not sure I understand the last part of the question… should someone in emotional distress be allowed to commit suicide? Allowed or not, people do it. And I’m not saying it’s a good thing but I can certainly understand when someone reaches that place. It’s dark and it’s depressing and I would hope it can be prevented. But that’s not always the case.

But it’s not as if someone who attempts suicide and fails is later arrested, tried, and convicted of a crime. It’s likely they’ll spend some time receiving 24/7 psychiatric treatment to hopefully help with the issues that led to the attempt in the first place.

That’s as far as I’m going with it this week. I went deeper last week and to do so two weeks in a row feels like too much.

But if you feel like getting into it, let me know your answers down in the comments.

*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.

4 thoughts on “Question of the Week #318

  1. I am in full support of assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. Ive done a few debates on this and substantial research and I totally agree with dignity in death.

    Not a supporter of “emotional pain” assisted suicide. Like I’ve had a lot of emotional pain over the last two weeks but I’m working through it. Maybe in some healthy and unhealthy ways but in ways that I want and am recognizing as unhealthy if they really are haha (please take note that at no point during the last two weeks have I ever been in such an emotionally low point to consider ending my life).

    There is a difference between terminally ill people and those who are struggling with emotional or mental health issues. Mental health resources should be more readily available for people though.

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  2. My uncle passed away few days ago with kidney failure and lung cancer. He was transferred to Hospice 3 weeks ago and it was just waiting for someone to die. In the first week, he was well enough to plan his funeral. 2nd week- he wanted to eat everything knowing that’ll be his last to enjoy food (but after a tiny bite, he would always throw up). Then final week, he was unresponsive and in a coma like state. He was given 3 days but lived for 3 weeks more. To answer your question, if he had requested assisted suicide, we would have followed his wishes. On the other hand, those last 3 weeks were really important and I wouldn’t have done anything to cut it short.

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