Terminal Suicide

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In addition to health care cost, having the right to decide for or against an assisted suicide as a terminal patient will diminish the emotional toll that death and dying can put on both the patients and their families. The very emotional toll and the feelings of becoming a burden are significant that terminal patients go through. They fear intractable pain and worrying about becoming baffled thus not capable of making their own decisions. Terminal patients also are concerned with becoming reliant on outside care services (Ohnsorge, Gudat, Rehmann-Sutter, 2014). Making decision about life is what an independent person does everyday. People with these same personalities find living with a terminal diagnosis insufferable due to the lose …show more content…
People with terminal illness fear the loss of their independence or autonomy. They fear that their lives will not really be theirs anymore. According to Ohnsorge et al., (2014) patients worried about being hospitalized and thus forced to be on a schedule that is different from their own. People typically have some sort of routine. However, when a patient becomes hospitalized the hospital has new routines that work well for the hospital as a whole, but does not consider the needs of individualism. Terminal patients fear requiring help going to the bathroom and dealing with other aspects of daily care. Losing one’s self in the face of terminal diagnosis can be an incentive for requesting an assisted suicide (Gamondi et al., 2013). Requesting this is difficult, but losing one’s self is seen by many as unbearable. If assisted suicide was a choice for these people it would lessen the weighted down feeling that these patients have. It is this feeling along with the loss of dignity that patients found to be the main reason why they would consider assisted suicide (Hendry et al., 2012). Patients desire to maintain their dignity while facing their own death. Doing what was needed to hasten their own death, was considered better than just calmly waiting to die (Boudreau et al, 2013, p. 1451). If terminal patients had an option for how they would live out their …show more content…
Cost that patients will inevitably incur as they passively wait for death will be high with no other options. The idea of dying brings on so many different emotions; however, requesting an assisted suicide can bring about a peacefulness in both the patient and their family. Dying with dignity can also be accomplished when patient’s have a choice in the when and how they will die. People have had autonomy and been capable of making their own decision regarding their life for their entire adult life. This is jus one last decision that should be the right of any terminally ill patient who wishes to make

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