The prickly issue of Dignitas is all over the news again as an another case is upheld regarding some clarity around assisted dying in Switzerland. What is it with our society that we can’t see that suicide is very different to assisted dying ?
It is interesting that a recent survey from variouz faiths had a 80 % agreement in an assisted dying policy. If someone has a terminal illness and they know the last days are going to be really painful both for themselves and their families why not do as we do with our pets and put them out of their misery.
I would want to have the option to have an escape route, although I may not necessarily use it, but that would enable me to enjoy the rest of my life without worrying about the last days of dying of starvation or suffocation . We don’t have to sign up to obligatory death, as safeguards about this issue can be very very clear .
Why do we have to travel to Switzerland, away from kith and kin to an alien country with strangers in a alien environment in the last days ? It isn’t humane to know that your family are going to witness you suffering for weeks or months knowing you are going to die at the end with no hope cure?
In my experience of having a terminal illness many people have asked me if I had thought about Dignitas … In discussions not one person is against this, they may not do it for themselves but can understand if I have this on my mind. So who are these people who oppose it so much? and what is their problem? I really don’t understand. I guess in a few years it will be all sorted out as we realise that too many people with terminal illnesses cost society and it will be agreed then not out of humanity but cost saving methods !!
It could be so easy for people like me if it was sanctioned in the UK but to travel to Switzerland there are so many many loopholes to go through. At the end of the my days I would find it really difficult to say goodbye and fly off to another country, I would rather than be in my own home at the right time. I believe that people go to Dignitas earlier then they need to as they need to be able to travel there. that means being ale to breathe enough to fly or take a long journey by train or car so this potentially taking time from people.
There is another alternative of suicide but too many people botch it up and maybe end up in a mental health unit or in more pain !!
I would be interested in thoughts of people and was to grasp this thorny issue….