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Old and Worn Out? Why Not Suicide?

Emilie3 Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 4:20 PM
I've had a good time too, and I have an end-stage disease, yet I have wonderful memories to dwell on and enjoy, and my loved one would be very unhappy if I left before God took me in his own good time. Some people are such wimps and are afraid of pain.

This week, blogger Wesley J. Smith directed his readers' attention to an article on Salon.com written by Lillian B. Rubin. Eighty-eight years old and in failing health, Rubin speculates about our society's fear of death, the taboo surrounding elder suicide, and her own struggles with "ambivalence" about taking her own life. She challenges the notion that suicide is the coward's way out, insisting that – on the contrary – to accept the fact of one's "diminishing existence" and to take decisive action to end one's suffering is an act of immense courage.

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