Ask Me Anything #3: Assisted Dying

(This “ask me anything” answer is in response to a class of young college students’ questions.)

Would you consider assisted dying?

Yes, I would. It is not my plan, however. I hope to die naturally, with pain control and other measures for comfort, but nothing that will prolong my life. I also hope to remain conscious, though often people are not near the end. It is possible that the tumours cause distressing symptoms, depending on where they develop. In that case it is possible to be put into a coma or state of unconsciousness until death occurs naturally. If I have unbearable pain, I could request an assisted death. This is unlikely, though, with available pain medications.

Another option, which I think I prefer, is simply to choose to stop taking nourishment, which should lead to death in about five days or so. That way no one is responsible for ending my life, and I don’t have to make that terrible decision of a particular moment to die. I think that would be the easiest for my loved ones too.

It is hard to know how we will all feel until the moment comes, however. Death is a lot like birth; we can plan for it, but as there is no knowing how things will go, it is best to be prepared with options. I am very fortunate that where I live assisted dying is available.

About susanbriscoe

English teacher, writer
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2 Responses to Ask Me Anything #3: Assisted Dying

  1. It strikes me that so much of your fortune comes from knowing you are fortunate. I am so thankful for your words and feel them rub off on all of us. Sending more love to your abundance.


  2. bkeeneweaver says:

    No,I will wait for God to take machines hooked up to me.


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