This is a heartbreaking video. I am sure we all can feel sympathy for this young woman, predicted to die by the medical community way too soon, due to the huge malignant tumor in her brain.
She has decided on the date of November 1, two days after her husband’s birthday, to take a pill, and drift off to her death in her bed with her favorite music playing, surrounded by her loved ones.
There are so many questions to ponder. . .
1. As a person of faith who believes my life is in God’s time and hands, is this an option to end earthly suffering? When do we begin to play God? Is it when we extend life that is on the journey towards death or when we end it prematurely? What about pain control?
2. The horror of suffering in life and at the end of life. . . .
3. Whose right it is to make the decision of the time of death?
There are 5 states in the United States that give a terminal patient this right to decide when and where they die with the help of their doctor.
4. What about the morality of this act? How soon will the government or someone else decide on the time of death for the elderly, or terminally ill patients, handicapped, or mentally challenged people?
5. Who deserves to live and /or die?
6. As a secular country, what is appropriate for the population who may or may not be a person of faith?
I would love to hear your reaction.