Assisted Sucide

Assisted Suicide
PHI 200 Mind and Machine
Reba Chainey
Ashford University
Prof Jeanne Henry
January 31, 2012

After reading the article on “Confronting Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: My Father’s Death” written by Susan Wolf brought to mind the day I found out my mother had died we found out through social security in an e-mail she had been dead for three years and we had no idea. We had no idea if it was a painful or painless.   But I know that if she was having a painful death I would have to agree with Susan Wolf and I would have to say no. But concerning I have no clue on her death it makes it extremely hard to think about. I would not want my mother to have to go through that much pain so I would have made sure I kept a vigil.
My mother was a very loving and peaceful woman: she never complained during her sickness in the nursing home is where she spent her last days. We found this out after a lot of phone calls. I truly believe all she would have wanted is to die with self-respect. I truly believe that this how Susan Wolf’s father felt. He no longer desired to be an inconvenience on his family and he wanted to die and die quickly so that his family would no longer suffer from the burden of observing him suffer. At this stage of their illness you really need to think about the dying person’s well-being you can’t think about yourself.
  Besides having that in mind, I believe that this may be how Susan felt.   Susan did not want to endure the loss of her father, she wanted to embrace her father and hold on to him as long as she possibly could but Susan knew that was not likely. Ethically she had a responsibility to her father and was accountable to make sure his requests were understood and seen through. However, Susan father asked that his death be “accelerated” Susan had to make an instantaneous choice. “Reflexively, I said no, but with a promise- we can make absolutely certain they keep you comfortable” (Wolf, 2008.)   The...