Magazine article Anglican Journal

Compassionate Death

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Compassionate Death

Article excerpt

I read with great interest your editorial on assisted suicide ['A time to be born,' Nov. 2013, p. 4]. Last year, my beloved uncle died very peacefully in his own bed, surrounded by his family and friends from near and far ... with the help of a physician and a lethal injection. My family lives in Belgium where physician assisted suicide is legal--though the individual has to go through a very specific process to be approved for the procedure. I remember the day my dear uncle found out he had been approved. He was elated. He felt so free to enjoy the people around him, to expend his ever-dwindling energy visiting and widely and deeply loving his family and friends, because he knew he would not have to struggle much longer. When he died, his children and grandchildren all had a hand on his body--legs, arms, hands and face--and were repeating, "We love you, we love you, don't forget to visit us ...!" and that is how he died. Each child, grandchild and friend got to have a photo with him. …

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