In our lives, there is only one certainty, that our life will end. It is also not an easy subject to discuss how you want to end a life well lived. We put in so much thought into how we should live, so, why do we hesitate in putting time and thought into how well in which we die?
For me, how our end of life plays out will be unique for us all and if we have the opportunity we should be given a choice. Without question, because it is no one else’s business but our own. So, when there is an opportunity to be given a choice, why wouldn’t we grab it with both hands? In our October Election, us New Zealanders will have that choice to vote for or against, The End of Life Choice Act. When this topic was first introduced for public consumption, I was quite adamant that I would choose this option for myself if ever it became legal in New Zealand, and now I am not so sure my views are still as strong as they were.
Though, I will be voting, Yes.
As everyone has the right to decide how their end of life plays out. If I am given a chance in my final days I hope that I have a selection of choices. Ones that are legal at present are having an Advance Care Plan, which is a tool for leading discussion and individual decisions around dying and severe illness. We have excellent hospices and palliative care systems too. It all boils down to personal choices. At the moment, we have the choice to linger to the very end. It is time to give everyone another choice and to have loved ones at our bedside.
Of course, there are so many grey areas, and I don’t have enough knowledge to debate them via this post. What I hope to achieve is for all of us to start having that open and honest conversation with your loved ones, so they precisely know what YOU want to happen, not anyone else just YOUR choices.
During the last year, I have had short and long conversations with those whose opinions I value, and a few don’t agree with mine. I do respect their views as I should. Why, would I force my opinion on others and their lives? I don’t get how people can justify doing so. I will say, that I loathe, the righteous who start using overplayed emotive words such as suicide to justify their beliefs. It isn’t helpful. For goodness sake, educate yourselves on what The End of Life Choice Act is all about, then make an informed decision and vote on what you believe is right for yourself.