My closest friend for 12 years, shot himself on March 29th. I was devastated; but on reflection... I understand. He had Parkinson disease, and could only get worse; He couldn't live with his body any longer, and decided to end it, while he still could. I understand now.

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Absolutely agree, my friend drove into a Semi, he should have had other options.
Agree completely, where is death with dignity???!! 
So are you saying that Jack Kevorkian had a good idea?


Dennis Moeller said:
So are you saying that Jack Kevorkian had a good idea?
yes, I think so.
I believe we should all have the right to die. If I am incapacitated or mentally unfit to carry on, I hope to die quickly. I always said I would never live as long as my elders. I will put myself out of my misery. Being a burden to family is not my wish. Why should anyone have to care for me when it reaches that stage? If I am put into a care facility then the tax payers will be paying for it. Is it right that we expect so much of strangers? How can we burden those when they have their own troubles? When the time comes I feel confident that I will make the right decision. It is my life; to live, or not, as I choose!

Dr. Kevorkian was a saint!



Journey woman said:
Absolutely agree, my friend drove into a Semi, he should have had other options.
Was it suicide?
I have worked in nursing homes as an RPN, and feel it should definitely be an option. Perhaps be part of a living will. There needs to be guidelines in place somehow. Certainly people who are "against" it based on religious or moral beliefs will not want it legalized, but there must be freedom of choice.
It is , I think, part of the Living Will, where you request no machines, but that is too late. A lot of people are afraid that the choice would be made without their consent. Kevorkian had it right. The person should request.

Linda Wait said:
I have worked in nursing homes as an RPN, and feel it should definitely be an option. Perhaps be part of a living will. There needs to be guidelines in place somehow. Certainly people who are "against" it based on religious or moral beliefs will not want it legalized, but there must be freedom of choice.
Yes

evelyn O Mahoney said:


Journey woman said:
Absolutely agree, my friend drove into a Semi, he should have had other options.
Was it suicide?
I do believe in euthanasia and a person's right to die with dignity.  I have seen too many "vegetables" in nursing homes.   Why does society think that these people enjoy existing like that.  How would religious fanatics like to exist in their shoes for the rest of their existence.  I won't say Live in their shoes because that is not living.  I also think that to some extent doctors are already assisting some people to die, and I applaud them not criticise them.   We should all have the option to make the choice whether we want to suffer through terminal illnesses or fade out of that kind of hell.  I foresee in the not too distant future that society as a whole - for compassion reasons and due to the cost factors - that euthanasia will become an accepted and welcome practice.  
Very well said, Lana!

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