A Good Death

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A Good Death Death is final. Some die naturally in a peaceful manner while others suffer through tremendous pain in order to get there. Euthanasia is the only way for some people to leave all their pain behind. Euthanasia is the act of killing another person in a merciful way. Of course, euthanasia has many more meaning to it than that. A person that is suffering from a terminal illness decides that life is not worth living because there is too much pain involved and ends his own life, would that be wrong of him? That is the question that is at hand. Many supporters of the "right to die movement" can justify euthanasia. First, because terminal illness is causing pain that is unbearable for that individual. That is the main …show more content…

Then there is passive euthanasia. Euthanasia is a physical act to end a life. Passive would be letting the person die naturally. Letting someone die is, sometimes, a long and painful process. If a cancer patient decides that he doesn't want to take chemotherapy because of all the side affects and dies because of that decision, it still wouldn't be euthanasia. There is nothing wrong with that if that is what the ill person wanted, but it is not euthanasia. Keeping a person alive that does not want to live is wrong because it is disrespecting his life and any dignity that he has left. In these situations, one chooses to live the rest of his life out with dignity while the other wants to die with dignity. In the essay, "The Wrongfulness of Euthanasia," by J. Gay-Williams, he stated,

"Euthanasia does violence to this natural goal of survival. It is literally acting against nature because all the processes of nature are bent towards the end of bodily survival. Euthanasia defeats these subtle mechanisms in a way that, in particular case, disease and injury might not." (Satris, 281.)
He is stating that people should let nature take its course. Euthanasia would alter the human body from doing its functions. He believes that the human body can do everything that needs to done, but in reality there is only so much the human body can do. When the natural goal of survival fails then death is certainly going to be the final


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