• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Euthanasia - assisted suicide.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Assignment One EUTHANASIA Communication Skills C1150 SUMMARY According to recent research based on the death of patients with terminally ill cancer, it has been found that families tend to deal with the stress and grief of the death better if their loved ones die by euthanasia in comparison to those who die naturally. The research conducted in the Netherlands, asked family members and close friends about signs relating to depression, grief and post-traumatic stress due to the death. The research consisted of 510 people who had lost a family member or a close friend in the duration of 1992-1999. Questionnaires were sent to 316 people who lost someone as a result of natural cause and 189 people who lost someone as a result of euthanasia. The research found that family or friends of the patients who died as a result of euthanasia had less distressing symptoms than that the family or friends of patients who died a natural death. Researchers say the results were due to the fact that family members and close friends were able to be more prepared for the death. They had the chance to say their goodbyes, which in the case of natural death was not always possible. ...read more.

Middle

[ref.Web1] Richard Chinn, a hospital worker saw great purple grape-like masses hanging on the chin of a patient who had been diagnosed with cancer, the masses being cancerous growth. Whenever the patient would eat, the food was collected in the cancerous tumour. When the tumour was as large as a tennis ball, the doctors would amputate it. However this was just a continuous process. The patient was not at ease and requested for euthanasia. He was told the word "NO" by the doctors and the courts. According to Chinn the patient eventually came down with pneumonia; he was not revived and passed away. If euthanasia were legalised, then the patient would have been able to end the pain earlier. Jack Kevorkian, was convicted of first-degree murder, in March 1999. The retired pathologist will spend 10-25 years in prison. He injected a deadly medicine into a man named Thomas Youk. Kevorkian also assisted several other unfortunate people die condition being they took the drugs themselves. His actions were illegal, but is the idea of ending suffering wrong? [ref. Web2] Oregon, a state of America has legalised euthanasia, however guidelines have been set. The main one being that procedure of euthanasia must be requested by the patient and that they should take the deadly dosage themselves. ...read more.

Conclusion

[ref. Web2 ] By looking at the support of both sides of the discussion it seems that the arguments against euthanasia outweighs the arguments for legalisation. There are consequences that can arise if euthanasia is legalised, such as doctors abusing their power, new medicines being found and people encouraging it due to financial gains are far too great to chance. Referring back to the article, which determines how strong the symptoms of grief and stress are, it may make it easier for the families and close friends. But is it fair to persuade the patients to end their lives? Given the chance that new medicines could cure them and give them a chance to lead a normal life. Eliminating the people facing the problems cannot solve the problems. The more difficult and humane solution to human suffering is to address the problems. Software Comptons Complete Reference Collection Publisher: Comptons Complete Reference Collection the learning company {ref. Soft1} Websites BBC � Health � Euthanasia grief less severe Article published 24th July 2003 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3092905.stm [Accessed 31st October 2003] {ref. Web1} BBC � Health � US mercy killing 'not a crime' Article published 23rd March 1999 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/301020.stm [Accessed article 1st November 2003] {ref. Web2} Books WORDSWORTH REFERENCE � The Wordsworth Encyclopaedia Published 1995 � Volume 2 chubu-grig � Page 765 {ref. Book1} Nadia Ullah Information Mathematics 2nd November 2003 - 1 - ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Euthanasia section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Euthanasia essays

  1. My hypothesis: Euthanasia should be legalized in the UK.I am going to answer a ...

    When it comes to Hinduism; there are different points of view and opinions on Euthanasia. Some Hindus believe that by helping end a life which is suffering, they are doing something good and fulfilling a purpose. However, other Hindus regard Euthanasia as forbidden as it goes against the teaching of "ahimsa", which means doing no harm.

  2. Christian views on suicide

    There is a difference between killing (active euthanasia) and allowing a person to die - nature taking its course - passive euthanasia. People who have no faith may view their life as their own. This may lead them to consider that it is up to them whether they live or die.

  1. The Issues of Euthanasia in Whose Life Is It Anyway?

    "But it was the other way round. My Father can only think with his hands. He used to stand around here completely at loss." We learn that Ken's Mother is emotional, understanding, motherly and brave. She allows Ken to make his decision and she does not complain or to tell him otherwise.

  2. Euthanasia -Humane or insane?

    Passive euthanasia is the taking or withholding of treatment even if the person will die. However doctors cannot directly help the person die e.g. lethal injection. The term 'Euthanasia' comes from the Greek word for 'easy death'. It is the one of the most public policy issues being debated about today.

  1. What are the main issues in the debate about euthanasia.

    As I mentioned earlier, death is considered to be a sacred occasion in all faiths, most of which believe that it is not the end of life. All Christians uphold this idea, including Catholics. Acceptance and awareness of death is therefore, of course, acceptable and even encouraged.

  2. What is meant by euthanasia?

    The Methodist Church is strongly opposed to euthanasia. This can be seen in their 'Methodist Conference Statement on Euthanasia of 1974'. The report states that they believe in the sanctity of human life, supported by the Old Testament biblical quote 'God made man in his own image' ( Genesis 1:27 ).

  1. Should euthanasia be legalised?

    They emphasise the fact that humans are God's creation, and life is sacred. Killing is therefore 'playing God' to say who should live and who should die. Once voluntary euthanasia is legalised in a single country or state, people from neighbouring constituencies will take advantage of it.

  2. Euthanasia should be legalised in Queensland under very strict conditions - Discuss.

    However, after the autopsy confirmed that Nancy had not sign of cancer, but evidence of an inoperable twisted bowel at the time of her death, the public opinion, which had been solidly behind her, became confused and there was perception of a bad mistake (www.vesv.org.au).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work