Friday, October 12, 2018

Grief, Suffering and Euthanasia

From the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition:
She offered to care for her grandfather, but he refused. I am not a medical professional, but grief after the death of a family member is normal. If her grandfather had died by suicide or homicide grief counselors would treat her pain and suffering in a serious manner. Since her grandfather died by euthanasia (a legal homicide) she was told that "it was his choice" and "if she loved him she would be supportive."

She sought help from counselors but they refused to speak about euthanasia. She told me that no one was willing to help her deal with her grief and suffering because her grandfather died by euthanasia and that she is expected to "be happy for him."

I asked her to write about her experience. There are no easy answers to extreme grief, but to write it out and acknowledge her pain may bring some healing. I also told her that she can talk to me about it. I do not claim to be a counselor but I understand her pain.

Her grandfather died by a legal killing and whether he asked for it or not, her grandfather was abandoned. He felt that his life was not worth living and two doctors not only agreed they lethally injected him. They couldn't use the excuse that he was dying anyway, in his case they must have thought that they wouldn't want to live like him either.
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