I read the article (“End of life care in the national spotlight,” a column by Jason Lambert of Living Care Hospice, published March 1)) and it bothered me. The author, a hospice social worker, claimed it was not intended as ethical debate over the right to die but did discuss morals, legalities, training, religious beliefs, and being in position to choose the best course of action for patients and families.
Hospice workers, family, medical personnel, educators, or other than the patient should not make those decisions or judge their beliefs, morals, or reasons for their choice to die, sooner than later, instead of pain, with dignity, without guilt, to spare others, without amassing debt, or losing everything they worked for.
Caretakers, lawmakers, and religious persons impose their beliefs on individuals while placing a burden of guilt where it does not belong, in direct conflict with their desires, and the writer intervening so the “hospice team” can fulfill their role helping the patient and family process what is happening, feelings, personal growth, circumstances, physical environment, love of self and others, finality of life, sense of self, inner well-being, and death being precious and painful.
Yes, death and dying is known to be painful, finality is the point, don’t prolong it, it is hard, either you loved or you didn’t, and death isn’t going to change that.
Some people, more than will admit publicly, want to die, if, how, and when they choose if lucky enough to have that option, don’t want others making decisions for what is unique to them, and would be grateful if people, family, caretakers, and others would either help, look away, be ignorant thus innocent, or go elsewhere.
We don’t make animals suffer and shouldn’t make people suffer either.
B. J. Little