Shayne Looper: Living with courage, dying with dignity
What does it take to die with dignity? If one looks at the website of the "Death with Dignity National Center" and "Death with Dignity Political Fund," one will assume that a death with dignity involves certain standard components, among them: The absence of debilitating pain, the ability to care for one's personal needs, and the ability to avoid placing a financial and/or emotional burden on family and friends. I believe that euthanasia laws are wrongheaded for a variety of reasons, but that is not my concern here. As a pastor and a former Hospice Spiritual Care Coordinator, I'm bothered by the idea that a person's death will lack dignity unless she short-circuits the dying process by artificial means. The implication is that people who die in great pain and those who live without the ability to handle their personal care have lost their dignity.
Feb 14, 2017 9:45 AM