Time to rethink labels about hospice, death and assited suicide.
Read an interesting article this morning. There is a national group lobbying for "Death With Dignity". One comment that struck me was about the bad connotations surrounding the topic. We hear assited suicide used all the time. This article pointed out that this is not accurate. Patients are already dying, they are not choosing death over life but one form of death over another. Hospice is by any measure the compassionate method for end of life but people can still linger for months and death does not always come painlessly or easily even with the best hospice care. Five states currently have aid in dying laws but it becomes a huge political issue whenever it's brought up in state legislatures. Surveys show that 68% of Americans favor aid in dying rights but it's routinely thwarted by right to life groups and conservative legislators. Should all life be taken to its utmost final consequences each and every time? Who does this serve? It's not uncommon to see discussions on this forum about the 98 year old terminal patient with an incredible list of medical issues whose life is being drug out to the bitter end by a loved one. On one level I understand this but I'm sure glad I have no loved ones that would do this to me.