featured5 - It’s Not about Them: Your Right to Die the Way You Choose

It’s Not about Them: Your Right to Die the Way You Choose

- It’s Not about Them: Your Right to Die the Way You Choose

Welcome to an extremely personal post about the topic of assisted suicide. We wanted to have an intimate conversation with anyone who was thinking of choosing assisted suicide. We fully understand that just because you are thinking of assisted suicide that it is not something that you may go forward with.

The simple idea of choosing to end a life—especially your own can seem like an alien concept. However, it just so happens that there are certain circumstances that may lead us into thinking that it sounds like a very, very good idea.

We Hear You

We have had loved ones who were down on the same path. For a while, it truly seemed like an unreal sentiment. How could someone that we love choose to want to end their own life? Was life with us truly not worth living? How could they be so selfish?

At least, that’s the initial knee-jerk reaction. Then, we realized that this hurt existed simply because we loved them so and WE were personally afraid of no longer having them. Then we got to thinking, why would this person even consider the idea of taking their own life? Our initial reactions were made with our limited perception and did not manage to encompass the feelings of our loved ones.

It’s Okay

It is absolutely fine to feel as if you want to let go after enduring so much for so long. It’s also absolutely fine if you want to change your mind. We understand that this decision isn’t an easy one to make. You will be facing a lot of criticism and even the outright rejection of your idea.

This isn’t anything against you. Always remind yourself that this is not about them. They can play a big part in your life but this does not mean that they will always be with you for every single part of your life. They will not be carrying the same burden or facing the worst sort of ills as they ravage your body.

Conclusion

Your decisions are your own and no one else’s. The input of family, friends, and loved ones will be welcome but they should not decide for you. After all, no one can really understand what another person is going through—we aren’t mind readers. However, this does not mean that their thoughts and preferences should not dictate how your life must go—or in this case, end.

With all that we want to ask you, do you think you should have the right to die in the way you choose?

featured4 - Films Which Help: What to Watch When Considering Assisted Suicide

Films Which Help: What to Watch When Considering Assisted Suicide

- Films Which Help: What to Watch When Considering Assisted Suicide

People can gather inspiration and courage from films that they watch. Today, we wanted to take a look at certain films which address the topic of assisted suicide.

Why do films matter?

Films have always found a way to reach audiences in a way that defied logic and explanation. It is through the careful culmination of actors, scenes, music, and dialogue that are able to emphasize the emotions felt and the gravity of the situations depicted. What is even better is that beyond fiction, films have even delved into reality. These are normally called documentaries and will be included in today’s discussion.

If you’re looking to open your world to the idea of assisted suicide, you may want to watch these films:

How to Die in Oregon

1 - Films Which Help: What to Watch When Considering Assisted Suicide

This documentary came out in 2011. The film covers the Death with Dignity Act of the sate of Oregon. What we like about this documentary is that is takes a look at the wider scope of the discussion. It follows the people who fought for this bill and those that opposed it.

It provides a good vantage point from both within and without—always a good view when you’re trying to build your own opinion regarding a subject.

The Suicide Tourist

2 - Films Which Help: What to Watch When Considering Assisted Suicide

If you’ve ever wanted to watch the entire process of the thoughts, decisions, and eventual final moments of a man who chose assisted suicide, this would be the documentary for you. The focus of this documentary is man named Craig Ewert. You can follow his thinking and explore the point of view of someone who has to deal with pain, living, and the idea of dying.

They always said that the best way to understand someone is to walk a mile in their shoes. So what better way to understand the idea of assisted suicide than through the life of someone who was seeking it?

A Short Stay in Switzerland

3 - Films Which Help: What to Watch When Considering Assisted Suicide

Just because something did not have a theatrical release does not mean that the quality or the message should be ignored. This TV film by the BBC follows Dr. Anne Turner who now has to consider her options as her health continues to deteriorate. It is an interesting point of view despite being fictional.

Conclusion

Films, movies, and documentaries exist for a reason. People pour hours and years of their lives to tell a story that they feel must be told. We are forever thankful for those that add toward the discourse of assisted suicide through their artworks—especially the use of film to immortalize the tales. If you’ve got any particular movies that you would think others would benefit from let us know and we’d be glad to spread the news.

Which movies from the list have you already seen?