Assisted death — yes

Charles Cowling

Spool on to 8 mins 50 secs to hear the testimony of a young man dying of bone cancer. Remarkable. 

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Evelyn
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Richard, I totally agree. These two videos are both in the No to assisted suicide camp. I’m interested in the reality of assisted suicide and the reasoning behind the desire to have some sort of plan in place even if it’s never implemented. Apart from my dear old Dad, who I believe made a mental decision to die, and succeeded unassisted within a few days – I have spend time with a friend who was dying in great pain and asking for a gun ( even though he had enough morphine based painkillers in the house to do the deed… Read more »

Richard Rawlinson
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Richard Rawlinson

Hi Evelyn, you express absolute sensitivity to both sides of this complex issue but the two examples really are not a yes and no to assisted suicide. the so-called yes blog/video is as strong an argument against as Pitcher’s story about his mother and the nurse. To use Jip’s story for the assisted death cause is far-fetched at best. He mentions he likes the option but that really is not endorsement. He most certainly is testimony to turning suffering into a positive human experience. He therefore supports the no argument by his example.

Evelyn
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I was moved by both posts, watching the ‘no’ first and thinking I agreed with the sentiments raised. Then I watched the ‘yes’ and found myself thinking ‘ I hope no one missed this remarkable young man’s final 15 minutes of potential.’ In my limited experience I have found that patients just want the security (?) of feeling that they have an escape route under their own control, and that they want all those round them to know just how desperate/afraid/ calm they feel about this dying process. It seems to me it’s a question of understanding/ connection/acceptance . How… Read more »

Richard Rawlinson
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Richard Rawlinson

Hi Charles, many thanks for posting this video. Whatever we get from it, we all agree Jip is a remarkable and inspirational young man.

Richard Rawlinson
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Richard Rawlinson

On the blog below, George Pitcher gives a moving explanation about why the nurse was right to resist his wish to hasten his mother’s death with a morphine overdose. Jip, the young man dying of bone cancer here, makes a similarly strong case, not for assisted death, but also for defending the living from the assisted death movement. Jip is indeed a great ambassador for patient empowerment but not for assisted death. While demonstrating bravery and love for life, he briefly mentions how he would also like to decide when it feels right to die. He does not say this… Read more »