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Questioning ethics in Canada

This wide-open decision announced by the Supreme Court removes the safety net for the elderly, persons with disabilities and individuals suffering suicidal ideation to name a few. It will allow coercion and intimidation of those costing the healthcare system money.

What will happen to those doctors and nurses who act or are forced to act on the request of a patient who asks for death? Will they develop PTSD, anxiety disorders and depression? Will some enjoy the power which ...is available in putting a person to death? How much of future life and death issues will simply be based on economics?

Think Suicide in the Elderly is Courageous? Think Again

Think Suicide in the Elderly is Courageous? Think Again

Jean Echlin

This article was published on Thursday, March 7th 2013 in the Windsor Star

http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2013/03/07/think-suicide-in-the-elderly-is-courageous-think-again/

In February of this year, a national paper printed an extraordinary posthumous letter from a 91 year old woman who died by suicide because she was tired of living. She wanted to end her life with dignity. Though most of the (published) responses thought she was courageous, I disagree. I believe there is more to the issue when the elderly contemplate suicide.