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Euthanasia assesment

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Introduction

The term euthanasia means to terminate a life based on compassionate grounds, and is also known as assisted suicide. It is usually painless and quick. Dying with dignity means to die while you are still respected as a happy, able human being without having suffered extreme embarrassment. The main reasons for a person wanting to end their life using euthanasia are dignity, pain, unhappiness and being unable to commit suicide themselves. Dignity is a person's sense of self respect. Say if a person is unable to do basic things by themselves, or think in the near future they may not be able to, a person close to them may have to help them with everyday things such as going to the toilet, showering, eating, or even helping they swallow. It is very embarrassing to need help with these things, and robs the said person of self-respect leaving the person with no dignity as a human being. Also, the person may not want to be remembered as someone who needs help doing every ordinary task, but as the person they were before this situation. They may also not wish to become a burden on their close ones who will have to look after them. ...read more.

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For the reasons above Christianity as a whole. However, treatment can be denied even if it would prolong life, this is not euthanasia but it is seen as a natural death. Roman Catholics believe that if someone was in a large amount of pain, and they were given painkillers to deal with this, and as a result they died, this is not a sin as it was simply a by product of treatment. Hindu's believe Ahimsa, which is the teachings that they follow. One of these teaching is doing no harm. Killing any living thing is seen as doing harm because the soul and body get separated at the wrong time and not naturally, and therefore affects the karma of the person who killed the other person, and the person who died (in the cases of euthanasia and suicide.) Hindu's believe in reincarnation, and karma is very important to this because the more karma you have, the better quality of life you will have when you are reborn. A person who leads an excellent life will break free of the birth death cycle and this is the ultimate for a Hindu. Dharma is a Hindu's responsibility as a Hindu. ...read more.

Conclusion

He was unhappy as he was a naturally athletic person who loved rugby, and without it he thought his life was not worth living. I personally think he could off found something else to make him happy; he was paralysed from the waist down so he could have found something to do. But no one could tell truly how he felt and this is why these situations are very tricky. The Diana Pretty case was also tricky because while she went through a lot of pain and was unable to do things for herself, she has a loving husband who was and children and she could have made those people reason for her to live. However her life must have been hell and I can see why she would want to end her suffering. I think people should be allowed to die with dignity but that there are other ways besides euthanasia. People should spend their remaining time with those close to them, and should be looked after lovingly, and When they do die it should be with all the people important to the surrounding them. After they are gone loved ones should reminisce about the memories they had together and how the person was so strong in the way they dealt with the situation. This is dying with dignity. ...read more.

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