Eric MacDonald writes a good deal of sense in his blog Choice in Dying. Today’s entry is a case in point where he takes to task the trite observations from a hospice chaplain and puts the fundamental point that it’s simply not humane or justified to hold that Religion believes itself in the possession of absolute knowledge, applicable to all people, always, and everywhere.
I have a friend who is currently dying. He has good days and bad days. I sincerely believe that it is his decision, and his decision alone, as to when he judges that his quality of life has passed the point of no return – not down to some religious meddler in other people’s lives, who would prolong his agony for the sake of some fictitious god and their own self-righteousness.