So why am I on and on about Dying with Dignity and Choice. I am simply amazed now I am in the vortex of moving on, how exciting, liberating, calming and just plain right it is to know that when the time comes I have an option. That option enables me to say good byes and leave a warm, loving and inspired last view of myself to my family and dogs at a time of my choice. The suffering and pain is to me only the starting point for the Dying with Dignity rationale, the wake one leaves behind for the true victims, i.e. those who loved you is of as great, or even greater significance.
I find it exceptionally interesting to contemplate the options it opens up, what would be your last words to your wife and son?, it starts to show an adequacy gap in our language, good bye? I love you? Goodluck? I am sorry?…………..what are the words. Certainly a challenge worth great thought and one everyone should be able to consider. Many may choose not even to consider this, and natural process may be their choice.
It is fascinating however how Patrick Stuart, Desmond Tutu and The ex Arch Bishop of Canterbury are all now expressing changed views in support of Dying with Dignity as they think more deeply , as they age and as they are impacted directly by someone close. For me it is the same.
The lunacy of all this is such deep personal experiences really should not be needed. Logic, compassion and forethought should get us all to the same conclusion. The right to choose is a freedom we are entitled to and should all demand. More people are not going to die, simply more people won’t suffer. All it requires is the simplest of processes, common sense by our political leaders and a vote, why is this so hard when 80% of people are in support? It will cost nothing, safeguards are enshrined and suffering can cease immediately. Australia, 21st Century, models around the world, surely we are up to this.
Please keep driving that petition, it seems to have stalled…………where are the 80%?
Pain 0/10 Mental Health 10/10 Physical Health 7.9/10 Life Enjoyment 10/10