Quotations - Archive

 

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April 2016

"There is nothing undignified in choosing to allow an illness to run its full course.
What is undignified is denying people suffering intolerably their right to choose otherwise."

Michael Short

Journalist and The Sunday's Age opinion editor

in an interview with his cousin Peter Short >> Link


December 2015

"Of everything that someone can ever experience, nothing is really more overwhelming than the possibility of one’s death. Therefore, for most people, it is natural to try and keep this event out of their minds for as long as possible. Although they know that other will die, they do not want to think that this will happen to them – they are terrified of dying, and refuse to discuss it. Thus, it was intriguing to discover, from a research paper published in the Personality and Social Psychology Review, in April 2012, that “thinking about your mortality could help your marriage because an awareness of death makes people value their relation-ships....researchers found that awareness of death can reduce divorce rates, and suggested that contemplating death could make people more positive, and less aggressive or selfish”. I strongly believe that we must openly accept the fact that eventually we will all die – we must be absolutely realistic about this as it is the collective destiny for all living things on this Earth....Today, people live much longer and most deaths occur away from home. Our minds seem unprepared for what our bodies are doing. Whilst we should not have a morbid preoccupation with death, we should plan ahead, carefully considering, in the hope that we have a choice, how we want to die. Our death is as unique as our life – there is no standard model."

Dr. Michael Irwin

Former Medical Director at the United Nations and
Founder of the Society for Old Age Rational Suicide

in: "Approaching Old-Old", published June 2014


November 2014

"I want to see a world where everyone has access to death with dignity"

Brittany Lauren Maynard
1984 – 2014

In spring 2014, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard learned that she had terminal brain cancer. Brittany advocated for access for death with dignity, which for her meant that when her suffering became too great, she could call everyone she loves to her side as she tells them she loves them and they say goodbye. She was able to realise her self-chosen ending of suffering and life this way on 1 November 2014.

>> read more on the Brittany Maynard Fund website <<

 

Brittany's video was filmed just weeks before she chose to advance
her time of death, before her suffering became unbearable.


May 2012

“The best thing which eternal law ever ordained was that it allowed us one
entrance into life, but many exits. Must I await the cruelty either of disease or of man,
when I can depart through the midst of torture, and shake off my troubles? . . . Are you
content? Then live! Not content? You may return to where you came from.”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(approx. 1 - 65 AC)
Roman philosopher, dramatist and statesman

in: Epistulae morales LXX ad Lucilium (Letters to Lucilius)


April 2012

"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every
opinion now accepted was once eccentric."

Bertrand Russell
(1872 - 1970)
British Philosopher and Mathematician


February 2012

"The State may not, consistent with the United States and Georgia Constitutions,
make the public advertisement or offer to assist in a suicide a criminal offense."

Justice Hugh Thompson, writing for the Supreme Court of the US-State of Georgia

Decision of 6 February 2012 of the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia (PDF)

For more information, click here to be linked to "Court rulings"


January 2012

"The current legal status of assisted dying is inadequate,
incoherent and should not continue"

The Commission on Assisted Dying

In England, The Commission on Assisted Dying, chaired by Lord Falconer
and launched in November 2010, has published its final report

Website of the Commission on Assisted Dying (Link)

Submission of Dignitas to the Commission (PDF)

Final Report of the Commission on Assisted Dying (Link)

 
 

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Glasgow End of Life
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