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psychology End of Life Issues The Right to Die
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Euthanasia can be broadly defined as inducing death artificially with clear intention to end the life of a person who is terminally ill and there is little hope of recovery (Stones & Winslade, 1995). In recent times, euthanasia has become the major controversial issue as it is still not a legal option in the majority of the countries across the globe.
Indeed, the wider implications of euthanasia are crucial issues for the patient as well as for the family of the sick person. It is important that people are empowered with knowledge about the euthanasia and treatment so that the right decisions can be made with regard to ending the life of the terminally sick person. Euthanasia can be broadly classified into two categories: active euthanasia and passive euthanasia. Active euthanasia refers to the process when drug is administered to the patient to die peacefully and in sleep without experiencing pain. Passive euthanasia, on the other hand, is the process when life support systems are removed and patient is left to die in natural conditions. While the two types of euthanasia achieve the same end objective of death of the intended person, passive euthanasia tends to prolong the pain of the individual whereas active euthanasia ensures that the person dies instantly and without experiencing long pain. The major ethical and moral issue against euthanasia is to preserve sanctity of life as life is a gift of God (Kuupelomaki, 2000). Catholics believe that life belongs to God and nobody has the right to take it or extinguish it at one’s will. ...
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