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Old and Worn Out? Why Not Suicide?

Robert102 Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 10:59 AM
I respect the wishes and self-determination of an individual when they decide for themselves whether life is or is not worth living. I would never get in the way of his or her choice. And by the way...don't get in my way either.
geotay Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 2:26 PM
My body is supposed to go to the University of Maryland Hospital to be used for parts and the students to 'examine'. At 82, I sometimes wonder if, under the right circumstances, it might not be beneficial if they got me before my 'last breath'.

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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