(10i) Giving people the choice between Euthanasia or not
- to protect doctors, patients and relatives
- while it gives the right to everyone to die peacefully if they wish
- but the law is also needed so that what happens is as open as possible and thus patients' life can't be ended without their permission (thus it protects people who don't want euthanasia) while others can stop their own suffering.
- The child needs to be terminally ill and in great pain;
- The child should mention more than ones the wish to die, thus euthanasia will not be possible because the child has one bad day;
- More than one doctor and psychiatrists need to agree that the patient can't be helped;
- The parents are involved and need to agree.
I think if parents notice the struggle of their child, they could mention they support every decision the child may suggest, or they may ask health professionals to tell the child if it is too difficult for them. Indeed, people involved in such a difficult decision should receive as much as help as they need, not only help for the child and family but also for health professionals who nurse the child. Afterwards, parents may feel relieved their child doesn't suffer anymore, even when they don't realise it at the moment.
|Fear of dying, not fear of death. Therefore, I want to decide not to suffer during my final moments as death can be a sadist.|
Of course, euthanasia for an adult is different from that by children. Indeed, while most children have no notion yet of death unless someone in their family or friends died, adults understand what death is (i.e. the end), and certainly older people start thinking about it as it comes closer. And thus while children will only talk about dying when they are very ill, adults can think how they prefer to die while they are still healthy: either slowly or when they decide time has come to say goodbye to their beloved ones and to life itself. Often, the latter people will die more peacefully as they choose the moment of their own death and thus feel they are in control.