Saturday, August 22, 2009

Assisted Suicide

I was reading in The Week about a British woman who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Upon learning about it, she and her husband said goodbye to their children and committed suicide together. They went to Switzerland to do it because it is legal there. Apparently, her husband felt that after living with her for fifty-four years, he could not live without her. The Week reported that this was troubling because her husband did not have any life-threatening problems. Although, they did say that the husband was frail and losing his sight and hearing.

I can only imagine the pain one would experience at the thought of losing one's spouse, especially after that many years. But where were the doctors and family members to help him with his feelings of hopelessness?

This is very, very sad. There is nothing romantic about this, as some have indicated.

Let us all pray for those who feel such deep pain that they cannot imagine continuing on. May God give them the strength to move forward, one day at a time, until the end of their natural life.

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