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Family–Supported Suicide and the Duty to Die

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first_imgFirst Things 20 March 2015In 1991, my friend Frances invited me to a “going away party.” She wasn’t moving or going on vacation. Frances wanted her closest friends to come to her home, to tell her how much she meant to us, and to hold her hand as she committed suicide.We refused. Validating Frances’s suicide was unthinkable. We supported her life, not her death.After an intervention, she called the suicide off. But Frances was in the thrall of the then–nascent “death with dignity” movement. A year later, having been diagnosed with treatable leukemia, she paid a cousin to accompany her to a hotel where she took a lethal overdose and placed a plastic bag over her head—following instructions published in the Hemlock Quarterly. (Frances’s suicide became the subject of my first anti-euthanasia column, published by Newsweek in 1993.)Times have changed. It is increasingly common for friends and family to support—and even to attend—the suicides of their ill, disabled, or despairing loved ones. Brittany Maynard’s husband and mother, for instance, fully backed her assisted suicide and are now on the advocacy circuit promoting its legalization.Maynard’s case is hardly unique. When English teenager Daniel James was paralyzed playing rugby, he became distraught and suicidal. In 2008, his parents flew him to a Swiss suicide clinic. They later defended their participation in his death as an act of love, telling the media that their son “was not prepared to live what he felt was a second-class existence.”In Belgium, elderly couples have been euthanized together because they would rather die than face future widowhood. Astonishingly, these joint killings have been supported by family and friends. In one reported case, the death doctor was procured by the couple’s son—even though his folks were not ill. Similarly, the English conductor Sir Edward Downes died with his cancer-stricken wife Joan at a Swiss suicide clinic, a decision quickly endorsed in the media by their children.Most recently, NPR-syndicated radio personality Diane Rehm very publicly supported her husband John’s suicide by self-starvation—a process known in euthanasia advocacy as (voluntary stopping eating and drinking). She told the New York Times that they had made a pact to help the other die if suffering seriously with a terminal illness. (John had Parkinson’s disease.) “There was no question but that I would support him and honor whatever choice he would make,”she said. “As painful as it was, it was his wish.” Rehm, like Maynard’s family, is now using her experience as an argument in favor of assisted-suicide legalization.Is it right or wrong to support a loved one’s suicide? This seems to be one of those issues, increasingly prevalent in our society, about which debate is not possible: The answer depends on one’s overarching worldview. Some will believe that their duty is to support their family member’s choice, come what may. Others, including this writer, believe that supporting suicide is an abandonment that validates loved ones’ worst fears about themselves—that they are a burden, unworthy of love, or truly better off dead.http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/03/family-supported-suicide-and-the-duty-to-dielast_img read more


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first_imgThere was a joyous homecoming last night in Donegal Town for the all conquering Donegal Town Community Band who made it three-in-a-row at Fleadh Ceoil in Sligo.Brendan McMonagle, Mentor and Manager of the Donegal Town Community Band told Donegal Daily this win was “the sweetest of them all” as he addressed the homecoming crowd on the Diamond, Donegal Town yesterday evening.Just a few hours earlier the band won their third All Ireland Junior Band title in-a-row at the Fleadh Ceoil in Sligo. McGonagle thanked the band members, their parents and dedicated backroom team, he added, “The band trained every Tuesday all year but this week they trained 4 days for a total of 12 hrs to perfect their routine.Mayor Patricia Callaghan also congratulated the band and said they were a credit to the town and their families.Councillor Tom Conaghan, (a former All Ireland U21 manager himself) acknowledged the huge effort it takes to win one much less three All Irelands.One of the founding members of the reformed band Pauric Kennedy had the memory of his late father Peter’s in mind when he said, “Dad founded the original band and he would be so proud to see the success this band has achieved here today bringing three national titles home to a small town like Donegal. Liam Conneely, the band’s bus driver was singled out for special mention,”For his care and courtesy way and beyond the call of durty.Ernan McGettigan was his usual competent MC and Jonathan Kennedy organised the Reception lorry and PA, with one hand literally (he broke his arm last week!)PICTURE SPECIAL – DONEGAL TOWN COMMUNITY BAND CROWNED ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS was last modified: August 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:all-irelandDonegal TownFeaturesFleadh Ceoilnewssligolast_img read more