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Britain's Sky TV criticized for assisted death film

kippy Avatar
7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
"LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Sky television was criticized on Wednesday for plans to screen the final moments of a terminally-ill man who chose to commit suicide.

The film of 59-year-old Craig Ewert's death in 2006 in a clinic in Switzerland is part of a Right to Die documentary made by Canadian filmmaker John Zaritsky and the first time British television has shown someone committing assisted suicide.

"If I don't go through with it, my choice is essentially to suffer, to inflict suffering on my family, and then die," Ewert says in the film, parts of which were shown on Sky News."

---- any thoughts on this?
kippy Avatar
7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
He had a choice and he made it while he still could - it must have been tough.
#2
Fair enough I reckon.

As long as people are doing it through their own free will and not as they're concerned they'll be a "burden" then it should be up to them.
#3
If I had an illness that was going to cripple me and force my family to care for me 24/7, or eventually have to make the decision to switch off the life support machine keeping my vegetated body alive, believe me, I would want to save them the heartache.

What is so wrong with dying with dignity? Isn't this why the Switerland clinic where this 'assisted suicide' takes place is called 'Dignitas'?

Some may argue that only God gives life therefore only God can take it away.
However, what would God's take on unbearable suffering be? Is this then a God whom we see as good and forgiving. Are we to believe that someone who takes their own life to be less worthy to enter heaven than say, a convicted paedophile/murderer?
#4
really pzzes me off when they come out and say 'oh terrible they should not have shown it

they show soldiers - civilians getting bombed in afghanistan - starving children in congo - dying kids in zimbabwe

do they shout then - no - because they cant relate to them

it was very moving but what he himself decided

rant over
banned#5
Nothing godly about a machine keeping him alive depending on your take of man kinds inventions
#6
Think the OP wants thoughts on the showing it on TV rather than the actual reasons for the death..
#7
greg_68
Think the OP wants thoughts on the showing it on TV rather than the actual reasons for the death..


Oh, was that all?

Yes, they were right to show it.
#8
topic is open, it can involve the reasons for or against the act ... and also the broadcasting of a private moment.
#9
It's not like people were forced to watch it, I really don't see what the problem is
#10
I watched it this morning, nothing offensive about the programme at all. It wasn't gory, ghoulish or voyeuristic. I was a little scared by the couple, husband a little ill, but just old age and his wife who was perfectly healthy who both wanted to be killed by Dignitas on their wedding anniversary.
#11
watching news earlier they had a professor of palliative care on saying how wrong it was

what crossed my cynical mind was if all terminally ill people opted for for the swiss method - he wouldnt be in a job

or am i being just mean

i watched my sisters husband suffer if he had the option at the time he would have gone gladly
#12
12 posts in this thread, a well known troll posted a thread at a similar time and has 100+.

Says a lot about the way this forum is going.
#13
this elderly woman i knew had a stroke. she used to sob herself to sleep because she couldnt do very much as she used to be very active and was the matriach of her family. she was so down she refused to eat, and that upset her family. she lay in bed pretty much all day, with a nurse coming to turn her over a few times a day but she had bed sores on her back – as a teen i remember helping the nurse hold her up as the nurse put some white powder in those sores which looked like a tunnel that joined them --- eek. i think if she had a choice she might have opted for dignity ... but i also respect the people who care for them as best they can.
#14
lol grex, i am not bothered. trolls tend to have short attention span and move on rather quickly. next?
#15
kippy
this elderly woman i knew had a stroke. she used to sob herself to sleep because she couldnt do very much as she used to be very active and was the matriach of her family. she was so down she refused to eat, and that upset her family. she lay in bed pretty much all day, with a nurse coming to turn her over a few times a day but she had bed sores on her back – as a teen i remember helping the nurse hold her up as the nurse put some white powder in those sores which looked like a tunnel that joined them --- eek. i think if she had a choice she might have opted for dignity ... but i also respect the people who care for them as best they can.


My mum was pretty ill a few years ago...she had a swollen and bleeding brain. she was crippled by the pain and lay crying and said she wished someone would shoot her to end her suffering. I remember being very upset and even the slightest hint that she would want that. I think theses people and their families are very brave and face a tough choice - but fair play to them...they make that choice while they can.
#16
kippy
this elderly woman i knew had a stroke. she used to sob herself to sleep because she couldnt do very much as she used to be very active and was the matriach of her family. she was so down she refused to eat, and that upset her family. she lay in bed pretty much all day, with a nurse coming to turn her over a few times a day but she had bed sores on her back – as a teen i remember helping the nurse hold her up as the nurse put some white powder in those sores which looked like a tunnel that joined them --- eek. i think if she had a choice she might have opted for dignity ... but i also respect the people who care for them as best they can.


i do respect the carers kippy - but from personal experience with my sister and my mum - a very dear friend who died a few years ago - if you dont shout the loudest - you dont get nowt

example with my sister - tried to contact macmillan nurses when o/h was diagnosed - not once did she get to speak to them - always answer machine - i ended up ringing head office for her - the only contact was a 14 page form they wanted her to fill in

yes i am soooo cynical - but i do know there are some angels out there
#17
bellabonkers
My mum was pretty ill a few years ago...she had a swollen and bleeding brain. she was crippled by the pain and lay crying and said she wished someone would shoot her to end her suffering. I remember being very upset and even the slightest hint that she would want that. I think theses people and their families are very brave and face a tough choice - but fair play to them...they make that choice while they can.


eloquently put bella - :friends:
#18
i know of an elderly man who was in a home, and he had complained his feet were cold so they stupidly propped it up on the heater. now because it had gone numb, he didnt feel the heater and when they remembered his feet it was long gone, and had to be amputated. his family told me the story and laugh about it but if i was the guy i'd be pretty upset with the level of apathy and the fact that i technically paid to lose a limb.
#19
i did think the broadcast was informative and would be in the public's interest to know (if they chose to watch it) what it feels like to be in a helpless situation. however there should be a way of knowing what is dying in dignity and when one is too drugged up to make a decision ... and if the decision is a joint or a solo one. just some form of law to ensure people are not taking advantage of capping the elderly and terminally ill for other reasons like greed.

and that we should not actively promote youtube type of showing how one commits suicide and all that spin-offs.
#20
i think this is a great idea if people are in pain with a serious disease/illness and want to die they should be allowed

may he be happier wherever he may be now
banned 1 Like #21
thfc andyp3
It's not like people were forced to watch it, I really don't see what the problem is


Agreed.

Its probably more a protest that its showing a bit of humility and choice that the guy isnt allowed within this country that's too full of do-gooders.
#22
for some people it is humane to put an animal down to end its suffering yet it's not okay when it comes to very ill fellow humans who can voice their opinion and articulate perfectly sound arguments why.
#23
kippy
for some people it is humane to put an animal down to end its suffering yet it's not okay when it comes to very ill fellow humans who can voice their opinion and articulate perfectly sound arguments why.


True, I think the main danger is that people may feel forced into the issue as they feel they are a burden to their loved ones.

I'd like to see it made legal in this counttry, but with safeguards i.e independent scrutiny of all applications for assisted death including a full psychiatric test to check if they are making their decison with sound mind and of their own volition.

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