• Death with Dignity 5-2017

    A funeral service was being held in a small town funeral parlor for a woman who has just passed away. At the end of the service, the pallbearers are carrying the casket out, when they accidentally bumped into a wall and shook the casket. Hearing a faint moan, they open the casket and found out that the woman was actually alive! For ten more years, the women enjoyed good health and then suddenly died. 

    A ceremony is again held at the same funeral parlor. At the end of the ceremony, the pallbearers are again carrying out the casket. 

    As they make their way toward the door, the husband cries out, "Watch out for the wall!"

    Important information that many of us don’t know about or understand is the “Death with Dignity Act” that is now the law in six States; Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Montana, California, and Colorado. This act allows a State resident, at least 18 years of age, who has been determined by their Physician to be terminally ill, to ask the Physician for a lethal medication to end their life quickly, without pain or suffering. The patient must take the medication themselves at a time and place of their choosing, or not at all. There are many other safeguards to the act. Similar acts to the Oregon law have been introduced into the Arizona legislature on 6 occasions beginning in 2004, the last one in 2016, and none have gotten out of committee. The Oregon act can be viewed at www.oregonlegislature.gov.

    Some of my future Blogs will discuss the pros and cons of this act, and the possibility of putting this on the 2018 Election Ballot to let the citizens of Arizona decide the issue. Incidentally, recent polls by Behavioral Research and ASU indicate 57% to 58% of Arizonians would favor such an act, and a Pew Research poll indicates that 84% of Americans favor such a right.

    UNTIL THE NEXT TIME: Good Health and Much Happiness. Julian

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