As I enter the so-called golden years of my life I periodically muse over my fate in the last days of my earthly existence. It seems rather tragic that so many of us are faced with a withering debilitating decline in health as we approach death's door. I have entertained the future use of euthanasia as a means to somehow exit gracefully from this world. I have told those around me that I sincerely do not want to end up in a cold sterile hospital bed with tubes & gadgets attached to me. Rather let me be in the comfort of my abode where I can move outside to experience the peace and tranquility of nature's wonder.

Why does our society not let us die on our owns terms? They insist we fight the 'good fight' and squeeze out every last second of existence. Doctors play god and often have no problem interfering with the wishes of the patient. Should death with dignity not override the Oath of Hippocrates? Is there truly quality of life when you're being force fed intravenously due to a loss of appetite as the result of a terminal illness?

Will religion(s) continue to have an unnecessarily large impact on the attitudes society possesses about letting individuals chose their own course for exiting this world? It is confusing that 'people of faith' encourage us to fight on at all cost and not give up while at the same time believing in eternal bliss in an invisible afterlife. Huh?

I've seen many friends and relatives succumb to the ravages of old age and disease over the years. It seems unfair that our last days of existence must be spent dealing with a worn out body and tired mind. In a way I envy the lower order mammals who have no concept of death. They have no mental turmoil or angst about their eventual demise. I guess this is a price we pay for being the highly cognitive beings we are. I don't fear the moment of death itself but rather the process of dying is highly unsavory.

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Well done, Ed. We are kinder to our pets. The other evening it was actually cool enough to sit and have a drink out on the deck, I noticed some buzzards circling overhead. I must be slowing down a bit.

Think of all the money the medical industries would lose if we allowed people to die by their own hand and/or in the privacy of their own homes.

My exist strategy: 12 gauge, 3" Mag, 00 Buck, 15 pellets.

My life is a result of my choices, my death is my choice.

And who do you expect to clean up the mess?

@ D R;

I was kinda hoping you would.

Of course the GhostBusters would be good too.

I think Gregg would be polite enough to not ruin the carpet and/or paint job that his heirs will inherit.  Outside, I guess, maybe far enough away that if death is for some reason delayed he can't be rescued and turned into a vegetable in a group home.

Personally I have a nice little spot in a heavily wooded area near here with a sinkhole all picked out.

There should be very little "clean-up" needed after a couple of weeks, nature is good at the whole decay thing.

I had a friend commit suicide with a shotgun sitting in a lawn chair in his backyard. It was extremely effective for him but unsettling for the authorities and loved ones who had to witness the aftermath. 

@ Ed;

Do you think he would have opted for Doctor assisted suicide if it were available?

Probably not. As he was only in his late thirties and not suffering from physical ailments. Believe it or not he committed suicide as a result of a lawsuit he was served with after vacationing in California and having a motor vehicle accident while there. The other party was trying to make a "mountain out of a molehill" concerning the accident and he believed  his insurance would not cover a settlement, and he was terrified of going into massive debt if their claim was upheld. He was a good person but his unreasonable fears got the best of him, unfortunately. He had actually been to a shrink a couple weeks before at his wife's insistence and was told he did not have any serious issues! 

Hm-mm, if enough people choose a way as messy as this, especially in places they rent, property owners would press legislators to enact death with dignity laws.


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