A Call for Help
I wonder if the visitors here have any idea what it is like to run a bioethics blog such as mine. I would like to give you an example of the experiences I receive as moderator. I have had many other similar experiences where a visitor has written me about their burdens and want my help to resolve some issue. Do I know if these writers are expressing a true issue in their lives or just "pulling my leg" so to speak? I don't but then should I just ignore their requests? I received the following e-mail from a female visitor today.
I realize this is probably your screen name, perhaps not, but I am searching for a way to end life peacefully.
It is my choice. Can you direct me to the right places to go for assistance.
I wrote back the following:
You are asking a question that is impossible to answer with the absence of any information about the reasons for your "choice". What I also don't know is what you mean by "peacefully" as compared with other ways that life ends. Does "peacefully" mean without pain? without emotional suffering? quickly? In many terminal diseases such as end stage liver or kidney disease one might look at that kind of dying as peaceful since there is a gradual but persistent loss of awareness until death occurs. My understanding about what you mean by "peacefully" might help me understand why you have made a choice to presumably end your life. ..Maurice.
As a member of the human community how would you respond to this person's request, if you would respond? Do yout think my response was what you might have written? If not, would you have written more, written less? Or not even respond? Any suggestions? ..Maurice.