Life and death

Marlborough Express - - COMMENT&OPINION -

A very dear friend has suf­fered ter­ri­bly from rheuma­toid arthri­tis for some 40 years.

Hav­ing ad­vo­cated for sim­i­lar suf­fer­ers she un­der­stands their con­cerns deeply.

As a lover of life she is sec­ond to none, and with a Ro­man Catholic back­ground was not nat­u­rally in­clined to­wards as­sisted death.

Now, how­ever, she sees things from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive, and be­lieves that with strin­gent con­trols peo­ple should be able to de­ter­mine their own time of death. She be­lieves that they do this within their own con­science.

Hav­ing seen how the Nether­lands sys­tem works, two in-laws hav­ing had as­sisted deaths when in the later stages of ter­minal ill­nesses, I feel that their sys­tem has the right checks and bal­ances, and shows how a car­ing so­ci­ety can be­have in a hu­mane man­ner. RAY JACK­SON

Christchurch, Fe­bru­ary 22.

RICKY WILSON/STUFF

Warren Cairns stands on his elec­tric pool cover.

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